An image shows a man holding a massive frog in his hand, with a caption that this is the world's largest frog. Today we'll take a closer look at the image.
The frog in the photo is a goliath frog. The American Museum of Natural History states, “The world’s largest frog is the goliath frog of West Africa–it can grow to 15 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds.”
The most popular image being circulated of the goliath frog is shown to the right. It’s unclear of the origin of this image, though it can be found on websites dating back to at least 2007. While it is possible that this particular image uses forced perspective (which in this case would mean holding the frog closer to the camera in order to make it appear larger), based on the other images we’ve found of the goliath frog, it seems to be a relatively accurate depiction.
Note for those questioning what’s “wrong” with the man’s hand in this image, he is actually holding his hand palm-up.
The goliath frog’s population has decreased by 50% in just three generations, and it is listed as an endangered species.
Below are some additional images of the goliath frog, all of which demonstrate its massive size.