A Book of Great Value to Beginners, Covering Every Detail Thoroughly.WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT.
ECOLOGY AND HABITS. The skin of Frogs is usually smooth and free from warts or horny excrescences. It is invested with a colorless epidermis, which is shed from time to time as the creature grows; this splits along the back and thighs, is worked over the head like the taking off of a shirt, and usually eaten by the wearer. The deeper layers contain much pigment, in cells which are more or less under muscular control, enabling Frogs to change their hue to conform to the background.
Frogs are carnivorous, and in the season of activity are likely to be very voracious. The terrestrial and arboreal forms feed mainly on insects, worms, etc. The aquatic kinds also catch insects, but subsist more on aquatic animals--worms, tadpoles, small fishes, and other Frogs. These are seized and slowly swallowed, often, where before the remainder, perhaps still alive, has been got within the mouth.
Extremes of cold or drought in climate must be avoid
Although it would make a great title for a science fiction story, this book is the one that took harvesting food frogs out of the hands of inbred swamp-dwellers named Cletus and turned it into the million dollar industry it is today. It gives detailed information on the construction of the ponds, selection of breeding stock, care of the eggs, tadpoles, and young frogs, and what to feed each.
It has no illustrations, while the copy on gutenberg.org does, however the illustrations are no help. They only show frogs, not construction details of the ponds and equipment.
The book inspired me to find almost anything else to do with my life but raise frogs.
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