When people hear some of the records set by winners from Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee competitors over the years they frequently ask one question–“21 feet?? How do they get their frogs to jump so far?”
(Check out the awesome National Geographic video below to get a slow motion peak at what makes a frog really fly.)
Well, let’s be clear–only the famed record holder Rosie the Ribbiter managed 21 feet thus far–but check back in a month to see if the 2016 competitors have yet to hoist her from her esteemed seat.
So, first of all, each frog gets three consecutive jumps and the distance is determined by measuring the most direct line between their starting and stopping point. Their human handlers–lovingly known as “frog jockeys”–have a variety of strategies for getting the biggest forward lunging leaps.
These strategies range from super food frog diets to how they encourage their frogs at jump time. Some frog jockeys clap, cheer, sing, or stomp encouragement. Afterwards, all frogs are rewarded with a trip to the frog spa and treated as the local talented celebrities they deservedly are. But the real secret, is partially in the frog’s anatomy.