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Re: Why do frogs pee on you when you pick them up?

Date: Sun Feb 15 16:08:23 1998
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Scientist, Message Pharmaceuticals, Aston, PA
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 885405197.Gb

It certainly does!

And that is exactly why a frog does it.

The reason he pees on you when you pick him up is that he wants you to
put him down again.  

This is an excellent example of a defense mechanism.  When the frog
feels threatened, he releases a foul-smelling (and likely foul-tasting)
urine in order to make a hungry predator less inclined to eat him.

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