Villagers and Netizens alike were left stunned after discovering a frog ‘as big as a human baby’, in the Pacific islands.
Social media in the Pacific has been buzzing after photos of this gigantic frog were posted online, after it was caught in Honaira, the capital of Solomon Islands.
According to reports, a resident, Jimmy Hugo said workers from his timber mill caught the frog while they were out hunting.
He then posted the picture on his Facebook page.
“At first, I thought only a few people would see it and then suddenly I saw lots and lots of people commenting, surprised, and they were thinking this frog is from PNG,” he said.
“I was very surprised to see how people reacted to the picture.”
Solomon Islands biologist Patrick Pikacha told ABC News that the species, Cornufer guppyi, was one of the largest frogs in the world and found from New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago to the Solomon Islands.
The largest frogs in the world are the African Goliath frogs of Cameroon which have been known to grow up to 36 centimetres in length.
Dr Pikacha said the Cornufer guppyi population had been on the decline in Solomon Islands in recent years, but more because of logging and community settlements expanding into their natural habitat than hunting for food.
He said when humans used streams for washing, the chemicals in the detergents harmed the frogs’ sensitive skin.
“They are becoming quite rare,” he said.
While the frog that went viral on social media ended up in Hugo’s workers’ bellies, he said he would spare them in future.
“I told my boys … next time, if you guys catch one, we’ll keep it,” he said.
“So that next time, they see the real frog, not just a picture.”