Do frogs croak more before a rainstorm?
Scientists would probably say no, that a frog’s croak is a mating call and not related to the weather. Folklore says the opposite, so we’ll let you decide for yourself. Certainly, frogs and various waterfowl, such as ducks and geese, have long been credited with forecasting rain, probably because of their close association with water in general. Toads are said to come out of their holes in great quantity before a rain, sea urchins to dig in the mud, crabs to head toward land, and eels to turn lively. (But have you ever seen an apathetic eel?) Some people say that if geese walk “south to north, rain will surely soon break forth.” Also, if geese cackle or tame geese fly, expect rain. And ducks that quack more than usual are calling for rain.
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