Coleman Frog : Giant Amphibian of New Brunswick, Canada.
Like a huge bullfrog. Length, 27 inches. ( 68 cm ) Weight, 42 pounds. ( 19 kg )
Consumes baked beans, June bugs, whiskey, and buttermilk toddies. Said to have been used to tow canoes and race against tomcats.
Killarney Lake, New Brunswick.
Said to have been dynamited from the lake in 1885. On display for many years at Fred B. Coleman’s Barker House Hotel, the lone specimen was donated to the York-Sudbury Historical Museum, Fredericton, in 1959.
(1) Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) only grow to 8 inches long. The record weight is 1 pound 4 ounces.
(2) A fake, made to advertise a patent medicine for relieving sore throats. A 1988 report by the Canadian Conservation Institute refers to the artifact as consisting of canvas, wax, and paint. A letter refers to the exhibit as “an amusing example of a colossal fake and deception.”
- Gerald L. Wood, The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats (Enfield, England: Guinness Superlatives, 1982), p. 119;
- Joe Nickell, Real-Life X-Files (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001), pp. 157–159.