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The Foam-Nesting Frog

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matthew 7:7

Many animals love to eat frog tadpoles. If that situation was not difficult enough for the frog, some frogs live in areas where their pond is dry most of the time, preventing them from ever laying eggs.

Engystomops, commonly known as the foam frog for the nests it buildsThe African foam-nesting frog has been given a unique solution to these obstacles by the Creator. During the mating season, a group of female frogs will climb to a branch that overhangs their pond. They then secrete a mucus on the branch. As many as forty of them will join in kicking madly until they have worked the gooey stuff into a foam that sticks to the branch. Once the foam nest is complete, the frogs lay their eggs in it and return to their pond. The nest not only hides the developing young, but as it hardens on the outside, it seals moisture in with them.

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These young frogs hatch quickly and after only three or four days the young frogs are already wiggling their way through the shell of the nest and drop into the pond below.

The intelligent strategy of this arrangement shows us how the Creator cares for the needs of His creatures. To explain this amazing survival behavior by evolution really takes a huge leap of faith. What frog would be clever enough to think of such an ingenious plan?

Dear Lord, help me to have a more clear understanding of my need to depend on You and trust that You will supply my needs. Remind me that Your wisdom and plans are immeasurably greater than my wisdom and power. Amen.
Photo: Engystomops, commonly known as the foam frog for the nests it builds. Courtesy of DuSantos. (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

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