Twista, the Dancing African Clawed Frog

June 22, 2008 - May 23, 2011

Since Twista was a tadpole, she was always swimming all over the place, completely off-balance.  I thought surely this tadpole would die before becoming a frog.  However, she didn't, and as a frog, she exhibited this same twisting, turning, twirling behavior.  I have never seen anything like it.  She lived happily with her daddy, brother and sisters.  One could usually pick her out right away because her normal resting position was sideways on her left hind foot.  As she grew older, the twist in her spine also became more prominent, but she still got around.  After nearly three great years with her, she unexpectedly died.

Photos are in order with most recent at the top.

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Twista's Last Twirl, April 18, 2011



April 4, 2011

Here is Twista resting on top of Daddy.  Her siblings are also pictured.




March 9, 2011

Twista floating at the top.




February 4, 2011

Flattened Twista in the foreground.




December 27, 2010

Twista is on the left.  Daddy is trying to embrace his daughter in a mating grip.




December 17, 2010

Sometimes, she amazes me and actually looks very much like an ordinary frog when she is resting on the bottom.



September 4, 2010

Happy days are here again!


Here are some photos of Twista doing her water acrobatics and resting on the bottom on her back.




March 17, 2010

Here she is twirling for joy on St. Patrick's Day...



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