Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Reanimate a Frog, 1906

"If a frog, turtle or even a land-loving toad, be left a comparatively short time to wander around the floor in the dry atmosphere of a modern dwelling house, it will dry up until it is at last so brittle that the legs may be broken like dried twigs. But if by chance any of our valued pets are reduced to this uncomfortably brittle state, do not, on that account, throw them away, for it may be possible to Bring the Mummies to Life again by soaking them in tepid water for a few hours. This fact is not generally known, and will be doubted by most people, but I personally know of two instances in which the dried, mummified and apparently dead creatures were restored to life by this method. In one instance it was a toad which was lost in a studio and in the other instance it was a small turtle which escaped from a broken aquarium." 
Daniel Carter Beard, New Ideas for Out of Doors (1906)
Perhaps in the past you have just thrown away your accidentally mummified pets. But now the secret of frog revivification is yours!


  1. The weird thing is, this happened to my pet frog when I was in 8th grade. Came home, found him dead & stiff like a figurine, eyes closed, not breathing; water dish was empty; panicked, ran him under faucet repentantly, crying; gave up, went in other room; came back, frog was gone.

    Found him after a bit. Very alive.

  2. This is true, so long as the frog is not too dried out. I saved my African clawed frog this way. Bertha had climbed out of her aquarium and wiggled herself into a corner, which is where I found her, covered in dust after work, so about 8 hours. She was an adult frog and the width of a man's hand. I put her in a bucket with lukewarm water and let her soak but made sure her head was above water. After 5 minutes she started to stir, so I picked her up and washed her under the facet until she was clean. And when she started to get excited and upset that I was manhandling her I put her back in her tank. She was woozy for awhile but made a full recovery.

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