Hurricane Frogs - Varmints! - 48


Hey there, Varminions and Critter Crew! Paul is battening down the ol’ hatches in preparation for Hurricane Irma! As a result, no new Varmints episode  can appear this week, but! Do not despair! We recommend you give the Frogs episode another listen, we had a lot of fun doing that one. Coming up in the next few weeks, hippos, sloths, and wonderful actual animal experts!

We all wish Paul and his family the best and hope for their safety during the big storm. See you all again soon!

- Donna, Co-host of Varmints! podcast.

And now, the news!

Sometimes whimiscal wildlife photography is really animal abuse. Read PBS’s article on the topic here, courtesy of


Colorful, non-staged red-eyed tree frog. No glue needed to appreciate its beauty.


What’s the world’s smallest frog? This tiny guy! Paedophryne amauensis! Look how squee tiny he is! EEEEEEEE! Image Courtesy of Discover Magazine, article can be found here.


Hi, I am Mr. Squee Tinypants Froggyman. How ya doin’.

Guess what? Frogs can BREATHE THROUGH THEIR SKIN. How freaky is that? Check out this great information over at Brown University.


They can also use their lungs but they are the second string oxygen delivery players.

Frogs’ incredible jumping ability comes from their tendons, not muscles. Well whooda thunkit? Here’s the relevant article courtesy of



If you ever had Pac-Man Fever, you probably experienced Froggy’s Lament as well. Here is a ballad all about that drama filled little hopster. Video courtesy of YouTube user destr100.

Heya Froggy baby! Introducing, Kermit theeeeeeee Frog! Video courtesy of YouTube user Sesame Street!

Wanna learn about poison dart frogs? Check out this great video from Howcast and learn some great stuff about them! Video courtesy of YouTube user Howcast.

Peep! Peep! Peep! Peep! Peep! Listen to the sound of the peeper frogs up in New Hampshire. Turn it up LOUD. That’s almost loud enough. Video courtesy of YouTube user Jim Butler.

Ah, the peepahs. peeppeeppeeppeeppeeppeeppeeppeeppeep

Now you know a bit more about frogs than you did this morning! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, volunteer your rugrat to say something on our podcast, or just drop us a line about anything at ! We might even read your fascinating email on the show.

Your feedback is always welcome!

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Music used:
“Dubakupado”, “Quirky Dog”, “Sneaky Adventure”, “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
“Kevin MacLeod (
Pictures used:
Red-eyed Tree Frog pic is in Public Domain and found at Wikipedia
Featured image: Colorful Frog by Jordan Richmond, found at flickr