Builder Frogs Put Your Backyard To Shame

I wish I had half these skills...

As kids, we're taught that there's a lot that separates us from the rest of the beasts, from opposable thumbs to the ability to use tools. The older I get, though, the more I see that these thumbs can be pretty overrated, and all kinds of species use tools to accomplish tasks. Many animals even build better than humans seem to be able to do! Take the Goliath frog, for example.

I knew this frog was incredibly huge, and that it eats larger prey than other frogs, but I had no idea that it builds ponds. They move rocks that equal half their own body weight in order to create ponds for their tadpoles and eggs, making them not only super cool parents (how many of us build our own cribs Ron Swanson style?) but impressively strong. Scientists say that this heavy labor may even explain why the frogs are so big in the first place!

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