Absorbing a Freaky Frog Fact Via a Boulder Fountain

by Virginia Leonard on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I spotted this terrific water fountain in downtown Boulder, Colorado on Pearl Street. It was donated by the Communication Arts department of University of Colorado. While it offers some great food for thought, I’ve delved deeper into the hydration of frogs. According to wiki.answers.com,

A characteristic of all amphibians is permeable skin. They do have the ability to absorb water through their skin. It is called cutaneous absorption. It is very uncommon to observe frogs drinking water orally. Their primary means of hydrating is by absorbing water, rather than drinking it.

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Will Stewart January 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

This was an excellent sustainability comment that allowed the elders to remind the younger generation about resource management.

Gayle Leonard January 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

Will, sometimes I think the younger generation is doing a better job reminding the elders!

Will Stewart January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Oh, no doubt for the 30-70 crowd, though those that made it through the depression tend to have an appreciation for lean times (which means reduced access to resources).

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