The truth has surfaced about a viral image of what people thought was a well-endowed frog. A photo shared on Facebook that has gained worldwide attention showed what looked like penis growing between the frog's legs.
Keith Leech, a truck driver from Victoria, Australia, posted the picture with the caption: “What the frog.” The post was shared more than 10,000 times, according to The Huffington Post.
One commenter wrote, “some frog is gonna be happy.”
Another wrote, “Putting you to shame, big Keithie.”
The viral post has sparked online debate over the frog’s “member,” which sits at exactly the same spot that a human penis would be located and even has the same shape.
Some have called it a “third leg,” which is a sexual innuendo, but in reality, it is actually a leg.
According to Gerry Marantelli, from the Australian Amphibian Research Center, frogs do not have penises.
“It’s not a penis, frogs don’t have them, but penises did evolve from ‘legs’ during embryonic development so an extra leg is part way there,” he told BuzzFeed News.
“Amphibians in one way likely invented the penis (albeit not the modern one).”
Penis development is linked to a cavity at the end of the digestive tract called the cloaca. But different animals carry the cloaca in different areas of the body, according to Daily Mail.
For amphibians and reptiles, the appendage stems from the hind legs where a tail would usually be for mammals.
But the viral photo shows the location of the “clocae” is misplaced on the frog, meaning it’s likely an additional partially formed leg.
Although frogs don’t have penises, both sexes have cloacae. The appendage is used to guide the sperm into the female amphibian’s cloacae for reproduction. Fertilization usually occurs outside the frogs' bodies when the female discharges her eggs and the male releases his sperm.
Amphibian mating rituals involve the male frog climbing on top of the female’s back as he hooks his front appendages around her.