I bet you could not guess what the National Dish of Dominica is … If you’re not from Dominica take a moment and think about it, maybe you wanna phone a Dominican friend …. go ahead … I’ll wait ….
Did you find out? are your eyes popping out? of your head right now becuase now you know its the yummy, juicy succulent legs of the Mountain Chicken ? mmmm …. what is Mountain Chicken you ask? Well its not a fowl that lives in the mountains I can tell you that, its not a fowl either, in fact it’s not even a bird. It’s a Crapaud!
Ohh you don’t know what a Crapaud is….. its a big frog! Big eyes, pox looking back. I can’t believe that it’s used to make a national dish and not only that, it is becoming extinct because people are eating it out!! Well I can tell them where to find some right now… where I used to live in Tobago there are alot of them singing their lives away in the gully behind the house. And when they came hiding all over the porch and pound of salt dumped on their back and not too long after, dead Crapaud! However it was wise to locate and throw them out ASAP because they became swollen and if they burst the scent was irremovable for days !
According to WIKI
Leptodactylus fallax, commonly known as the Giant Ditch Frog, is a species of frog that is native to the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. The population has declined 80% in the last ten years and this species is now critically endangered. The population is estimated to 8000 individuals. One of the main threats is human consumption. The fungal disease chytridiomycosis has also had a dramatic effect on the population. Locally, it is known as the Mountain Chicken for its large size and the fact it is hunted for food. As of 2007 on the island of Montserrat, if not before, eating the mountain chicken is discouraged because of its decreasing population.
The Giant Ditch Frog is terrestrial and nocturnal. The adults are 16 cm (6.3 in) long.
The frog was formerly found on the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In February 2010, volcanic activity from Soufrière Hills on Montserrat resulted in ash covering large parts of the frog’s habitat on that island, further endangering the species.
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