is a fictional story with a scientific basis. Here's
how to separate fact from fiction:
characters and events are fictitious, and any resemblance to any person,
living or dead, is purely coincidental.
species Rana viridiana is fictitious. It is modeled on Rana
aurora, the red-legged frog. Rana aurora was once found throughout
California; it's the frog Mark Twain immortalized in his story "The
Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Rana aurora
is now in decline over much of its range, possibly due to habitat fragmentation
and competitive pressure from an invasive species, the Eastern bullfrog.
reasons, we simplified the mystery puzzle, and compressed the time
line. In real life, an animal population declines for several reasons,
and more slowly than is presented here.
hope you enjoy the mystery!
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