Friday, February 11, 1972
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Whatever happened to the Gutt-
man Saddleback Frog, that elusive
amphibian which came to the Uni-
versity last year in a blaze of pub-
licity only to disappear from pub-
lic view behind the barbed-wire
guarded Amphibian Facility of Zoo-
logy Prof. George Nace? To find out,
a Daily reporter made the trip down
past the woodyards and the depot
house on the other side of the Main
Street tracks. Here is what she
By SUE LEINOFF
My search for the facts be-
hind the disappearance of the
mysterious saddleback frog be-
gan and ended at the University
of Michigan Amphibian.Facili-
ty. Behind a door marked
CROAK at the building on 3rd
St. and William a man wear-
ing a Hoppity Hoopfr*watch
greeted me. He turned out to be
Prof. George Nace, housing di-
rector of a unique dormitory
sheltering generations of frogs
and various other amphibians.
Together, we hopped down.
Iaisles containing the latest in
fashionable housing. As frogs
must eat only living food, filets
of flies, succulent sow bugs and
appetizing Acheta domesticas
(field crickets). not to mention
munchy mosquitoes, are raised
at the facility. The crickets re-
side in . highrise cardboard
apartment houses. while their
neighboring, flies live commun-
ally in screened-off cages. Mos-
quitoes have their own colony,
within flying distance of a pri-
vate blood bank - a few Japa-
nese quail who serve as donors.
Fattening the insects up re-
quires feeding them a balanced
diet. Even flies in the larvae
stage are indulged - with a
diet of moistened sawdust, Fris-
kies dog food mix, and raw liv-
er, helping them grow into juicy
The frogs themselves live in
troughs, furnished with pieces
of broken pottery which allow
them their privacy. With an in-
door swimming pool, the frogs
can dive off their front porch
to take a dip, then crawl back
onto rubber matting in the mid-
dle of the trough to dry off. In-
door plumbing is naturally pro-
vided for by the Facility.
System No 1 include s a Garrard autoniatic turn-
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THAT'S PROF. NACE with a co
is this man smiling? Why is t
Prof. Nace has been working
with frogs and other amphib-
ians - among them albino ax-
olotls - for about 15 years.
His research is aimed, among
other things, at -finding cures
His frog collection includes
Japanese species, Mexican va-
rieties and plain old run of the
mill all-American frogs. His re-
search is international in scope.
In my searching I had not
found the saddle-back. It was
not on the shelf with the jars
of tadpoles. Neither was it
around the corner alongside the
juvenile leopard frogs. The sal-
amanders, scary-looking crea-
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For the Student Body:
ouple of his prime specimens. Why
that frog smiling? Read on.
tures much in demand by Hot.
lywood, it is said, were not har-'
boring the saddle-back frog
It was clear across to* the oth-
er side of the laboratory, over
from the turtles, that I finally,
spotted him, nestling' in for
maldehyde in an old pickle. Jar.
If you will remember, the in-
famous frog had been discover-
ed by a scientist at the Univer-
sity of Miami in Ohio, an al-
bino but for his saddle-back of
pigmentation. They said he was
a frog in a billion. He was dis-
patched by his finder - one
Mr. Guttman, thus the name
Guttman saddle-back frog - to
Prof. Nace. But recently the
saddle-back, the victim of mod-
ern research - well, he croak-
But before ascending to the
great frog heaven in the sky,
the saddle - back fathered a
rainbow of babies.
My quest had ended. I .had not
found the saddle-back, or at
least I hadn't found ,him alive.
But I had discovered his, prog-
eny-weird pink and blue pastel
colored baby frogs thAt might
one day escape from Nace's lab-
oratory to leap and frolic across
meadows and ride the wild lily
pad as their father did.
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