The edible frog (Pelophylax kl esculentus) is named because it is used for food, particularly in France for the delicacy frog legs. Also known as the European dark-spotted frog, European black-spotted pond frog, and European black-spotted frog, it is endemic to Europe. The scientific name of the Edible Frog means both “mud” and “sentinel or guardian” as they are known to never stray far from water, almost guarding the muddy banks. The kl. of the Edible Frog’s scientific name indicates that the species is made up of chromosomes that have been stolen from other species. The esculentus part of the Edible Frog’s scientific name is Latin for edible as this species is one of the most commonly eaten Frog species in the world. Unlike many other frogs, the diurnal Edible Frog is most active during the day – however, their camouflage, makes them very difficult for predators to spot.
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