As the first ray of sun hits the foliage, Kongsy walks up to a small area, fenced off with blue mesh screen at the end of his garden, containing a small puddle. Gentle cooing sounds lure a group of the smallest dwellers in his household garden right into Kongsy’s hands, which are holding a treasure: a bag filled with small pellets, bought at the local market to feed his population of about 100 frogs.
The East Asian bullfrog, known by the scientific name of Hoplobatrachus rugulosus, with its brown rubbery skin freckled with black dots, is small in size but large in benefit. Fresh markets in Laos are teeming with them, as frog meat is an important protein constituent of the rural Lao diet, stewed into large pots or deep-fried in oil. One kilogram of frog meat sells for about USD 3 right in the village and can fetch even higher prices in nearby cities.
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