Yes a lot of those mentioned on the site linked to above say that they are small frogs often found in hollow trees, etc.
.... when you knock a tree down and cut it open, how can you tell that it only has a pocket that is hollow and that there is not another crack that
they can get in/out of? Same with the ones that mention finding frogs in "solid plaster walls". Now I don't know much about construction, but I
think plaster walls are similar to drywall and there is a space in between the walls, as in most houses. It is well known that rats often live within
the walls of houses, so why not frogs? A few years ago there was a thumping within one of the walls in my home for a few days, which I assume was a
bird but could have been any animal. Rather than knocking down the walls and saying "OMG THERE IS AN ANIMAL TRAPPED IN MY SOLID WALLS :O", I waited
a few days and the thumping stopped. Thus the animal either died, or escaped by the same way it came in. I think this is the same as all of these
scenarios. I'm not saying that it is impossible for frogs and lizards to crawl in and out of small spaces. I know that they like to live in small
little holes, dug out under houses etc etc. This is what I believe the phenomenon is. A frog is just naturally going in and out of it's non-sealed
burrow when humans knock down a tree, wall, house etc. Then humans either misinterpret the situation or unintentionally seal the frog into the space.
Living in a crack but being able to leave would allow animals to eat and breathe which is necessary, but there isn't anything crazy about animals
living in tight spaces for security.
This explains all of the situations, except the ones that say that the concrete appears to have shaped around the animal (they make it sound like when
they break it out, the concrete was sealed air-tight to the animal).
If an animal gets accidentally sealed into wet concrete, how do they separate dry concrete from the animal and still have it alive? I don't know what
it is like to pour concrete all over your body and then peel it off, but I imagine that it would be pretty painful, even if you only coated your leg
in it. Imagine an animal being completely covered in concrete, it's eyes, it's nostrils filled, etc. How would you get it clean without ripping
it's skin off?
Well insects still pass by the crevice and you know how frogs get their food.
This would mean that the animal is not completely sealed in concrete as is trying to be said on this board. From what I read, all the writing here and
on the link made it sound as if the animal was completely entombed in a solid room of concrete.
I agree that a reptile can hibernate and defy some of what I said for a while, but reptiles can only hibernate while then it gets cold. Sometime
during the year, it will get warm and they will have to come out of hibernation again. They can't choose to just hibernate whenever times get tough
and go into a permanent stasis until they are dug out again. Sea monkies can do this, but not frogs.
2. When an animal is in hibernation, it still uses it's reserve of fat to keep the minimum life functions going for the animal to survive. A frog
doesn't completely stop breathing and it's heart stop beating when it is in hibernation, it just slows down a LOT. They must still also diffuse
oxygen through the skin during this time, and this can only be done if the skin is kept moist.
Perhaps we just have different definitions here. If being "sealed in stone" to you means "being stuck in a crack", then I may agree.
[edit on 11-8-2005 by Yarcofin]
[edit on 11-8-2005 by Yarcofin]