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Coleman Frog is a giant amphibian (probably hoax) of Killarney Lake, New Brunswick, Canada. Like a huge bullfrog. Length, 27 inches. Weight, 42 pounds. Consumes baked beans, June bugs, whiskey, and buttermilk toddies. Said to have been used to tow canoes and race against tomcats. 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.

Possible explanationsEdit

  • Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) only grow to 8 inches long. The record weight is 1 pound 4 ounces.
  • 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.”

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