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Frogs, which include members known as toads, are amphibians seen nominally in the DreamWorks Dragons Franchise.

Description

Frogs are amphibians belonging to the Order Anura. They are known for their short forelegs and longer hind legs, allowing them to jump at a rather long distance. All frogs also have no or a very minimal tail in their adult stage. All frogs require at least a small area of water to reproduce in and for younger growth stages (tadpoles), but as adults some can live in very dry environments. Though taxonomically not distinct, more terrestrial dwelling Anura members are often referred to as toads, such as the Common Toad (Bufo bufo).

Function

The toad is mentioned in the Franchise as a viable food source for dragons, specifically Barf and Belch. It is also mentioned that large piles of toads are bathed in by some dragons, particularly the Deathburple Briarvane, in order to coat their skin and spines in the toads' powerful neurotoxins. Toads are also used as offerings by some tribes in the belief that they could speak to the gods through toads.

In actuality, humans dine on frogs, particularly their legs as that body part has the most meat. Species referred to as toads typically aren't eaten, however. Frogs are also often used in research and learning anatomy. Frogs can also be occasionally kept as pets.

Appearances

Dragons: Riders of Berk

Breakneck Bog

When Astrid asks "What if it were your mother?" there is a silent moment during which a frog is heard.

"Smeltdown"

In this mini-comic, Tuffnut and Ruffnut become very bored working with Hiccup's new smelting invention, the Flame-Tastic Inferno-Class Firepower-Plus. Ruffnut mentions some creatures that Barf and Belch like to eat, but upset their stomach. Tuffnut wants to feed them all those creatures, which includes "moor toad," a species of toad that doesn't exist in real life. Eventually, the Twins, in part, are responsible for destroying the machine.

Games

School of Dragons

A frog's life cycle, from egg to adult is seen in Loki's Mirage.

In the Speed Stinger cove on Icestorm Island, frogs can be heard along with other sounds. At least two or more frog vocalizations can also be heard on Mudraker Island. Around the sea water, oddly enough, at the School area, a frog "ribbit" can be heard.

Dragons: Rise of Berk

Toads are referenced in the name of the Grim Gnasher Toadlich, referring to the raspy croak she makes before attacking her victims on Vanaheim.

Dragons: Titan Uprising

Toads are referenced in the descriptions of the Deathburples Briarvane and Eldritch Deathnettle. In Briarvane's description, it is stated that Briarvane hunts down toads for days and deposits them in an inescapable hole in order to perform a weekly "toad-bath" in order to refresh the venom on her skin and spines. In Eldritch Deathnettle's description, the people of Innsfjord are described as looking "toad-like." In addition, it is stated that these people gave offerings of toads to the Eldritch Deathnettle, believing that it could teach them how to speak to the gods through toads.

How to Train Your Dragon

In the game, How to Train Your Dragon Nintendo DS version, a character appears with the name, Froglegs.

Other Mentions

Hotburple

This Boulder Class dragon was inspired by many animals, including frogs. According to Dreamworks' Youtube Video Series, "The DreamWorks Download", Grump is a mix of walrus, tadpole, and an old bulldog.[1]

Hobgobbler

Dean DeBlois described this Mystery and Stoker Class dragon as “sort of a cross between a bullfrog and a French bulldog[2].”

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References

  1. 100 HTTYD Facts Only True Fans Know DreamworksTV, (Published on Aug 27, 2015). YouTube.
  2. Giardina, Carolyn. (Date Published - June 14, 2018). 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World': Director Dean DeBlois Reveals New Details. The Hollywood Reporter.

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