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White Freddo Frog (Cadburybatrachus alba)
16-JAN-2006 İAlexander Dudley 2006

White Freddo Frog (Cadburybatrachus alba)

Lake Wilks, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

This is one of the few frog species that seems to have adapted well to urbanisation, despite the fact that humans appear to be a
major predator. The frog appears to rely on massive reproductive output to survive, although no information is available on its
reproductive biology and there are no records of a larval stage. The survival and abundance of this species is one of nature's
mysteries, as C.alba appears to have no means of defence whatsoever, besides from some chemical defences that cause
hyperactivity in some human predators and huddling together with other members of the same species, usually sympatrically
with other species of Cadburybatrachus. Individuals are rarely found alone, except in lunch boxes. This might be one means of
dispersal, but it doesn't appear to be a successful strategy, as studies so far indicate predation on lunchbox-dispersed Freddo
frogs runs at 100%. (Which was the fate of this specimen upon being discovered in my lunch box).

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