By Kenneth Grahame
Hailed as the most enduringly well known works of the 20 th century, The Wind within the Willows is a vintage of magical fancy and mesmerizing wit. Penned in lyrical prose, the adventures and misadventures of the book’s intrepid quartet of heroes—Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and, after all, the incorrigible Toad—raise myth to the extent of myth.
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After a frog catches a fly or other prey in its mouth, it blinks. This presses the eyeballs down against the roof of the mouth. The roof bends and pushes the food down into the frog’s stomach, all in the blink of an eye! What happens when a frog eats something poisonous? It throws up its entire stomach. The stomach hangs out the side of its mouth. Then, using its front legs as wipers, the frog brushes the stomach clean—and swallows it back into its body! 39 American beavers Blue gills Where do beavers live?
After that, they must either swim to the surface to take a breath or duck into their lodge, which is filled with air. Are beavers good swimmers? Yes, excellent swimmers. Beavers paddle through the water, using their webbed feet as flippers. Scientists have clocked them at speeds of about 5 miles an hour (8 kph). When they swim, beavers steer with their stiff, flat tails. They can also use their tails as an extra paddle when they want to put on a burst of speed. How does a beaver carry a log through water without choking?
These frogs keep cool and damp under rotting tree stumps, piles of leaves, mounds of mud, and around wells, docks, or bridges. Many tree frogs live in tropical rain forests. They hide during the daylight hours by hanging on to the underside of large tree leaves. Do frogs ever hide at night? Yes, when the moon is shining brightly. Frogs keep out of sight so their enemies— snakes, raccoons, and skunks—cannot spot them. 36 Bullfrogs 37 Can frogs see well at night? Yes—especially anything that moves.