Color-Changing Frog turns blue in Britain “for the first time in 700 years” … to impress potential partners and outsmart rival men
- Male moor frogs, which are widespread in Europe, turn blue in spring for mating
- Harvey Tweats and Tom Whitehurst of Staffordshire own their own breeding company
- Youngsters created a breeding enclosure and played sounds of males mating, making their frog think it was surrounded by rivals, causing it to turn blue
- Duo believes this will be the first time the UK has changed color in 700 years
A species of frog that can change color has turned blue in Britain for “the first time in 700 years”.
Male moor frogs, which are widespread in Europe, turn blue in the spring as they prepare to mate as it impresses the females.
The Staffordshire teens – Harvey Tweats and Tom Whitehurst – made history by creating a hatchery in a small bathroom and playing sounds of males mating so that their frog thought it was surrounded by rivals and it left it turn blue.
Male moor frogs turn blue in spring as they prepare to mate, but two juvenile reptile breeders believe they have recorded for the first time in the UK in 700 years
The boys who own the Celtic Reptile and Amphibian breeding company told the Daily Telegraph, “It’s the first time in 700 years that you’ve gone completely blue in the UK.”
Ben Goldsmith, a board member for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), funded the couple’s project.
He said: “These two cubs are building a captive breeding population of reptiles and amphibians that are native to Northern Europe but are either rare or absent in Britain as a whole.
DEFRA board member Ben Goldsmith (picture) financed the youth project
“When we start restoring long-lost wetlands across the UK, it will be great to adorn them with these magical British species.”
Last year, Mr. Goldsmith, a noted reconstruction enthusiast, was accused of releasing deer and wild boar on his Somerset farm, thereby damaging neighbors’ lands.
Environment Secretary George Eustice later admitted that the 39-year-old financier made a “mistake” in violating wild animal release guidelines.