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Today's Creation Moment

A Clever Golden Toad
Matthew 6:26
"Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they...
All toads are not fat and ugly. The golden toad, which lives only in a few square miles of the cloud forest of Costa Rica, is a trim and slim toad with garishly bright orange coloring. The golden...

The Brooding Father Frog

Ephesians 6:4
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

He sits on his eggs to protect them until they hatch, but he’s no rooster. He’s a good swimmer, but he’s no duck or swan.

The Puerto Rican forest frog, coqui, is among the most common vertebrates in Puerto Rico. They are active and hunt mainly at night because they are very susceptible to dehydration during the day. So important is protection Frogfrom drying, that researchers have found that the frog population is directly related to the number of sheltered spots they can find during the day. The frog’s eggs, which are not laid in water, are even more threatened by dehydration than the adults. These frogs are important in the tropical forest because they are one of the forest’s primary insect predators.

After she lays her eggs, the female leaves for parts unknown. However, the dedicated father tends the eggs. The average male coqui will sit on the eggs to keep them moist for 23 hours a day, for up to three weeks. Without his care and protection, few eggs would ever hatch.

While this arrangement may seem strange at first, the genius of the design becomes apparent with a little thought. God designed these frogs to be major insect controllers in the forest. After she lays her eggs, the female’s need for insects is much greater than the male’s. It’s easier for the male to give up most of his hunting for food for three weeks than it is for the female to give up eating. Again, our Creator’s wisdom is evident!

Dear Father in heaven, I praise You for sharing a bit of Your loving and caring nature as our heavenly Father with the father coqui. I pray that You would help Christian men do a better job of reflecting what it means to be loving, caring fathers with Your nature. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Proud Papa Frog Protects Eggs.” Science News, Vol. 125, p. 72.