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Why don't I ever get boxes of pasta containing what looks like a mummified anuran? Any takers here for an ID? If it helps, Barilla is NOT a European product. It is manufactured and packaged here in the U.S. I don't think it is a frog, though. Looks like a toadlet. Possibly red spotted?
Even though dehydrated, I can still see pattern on the skin and I'd say it looks like an American or Southern toad. They have little red "warts" all over time which remain when they dessicate. Based on the size of the size of the pasta type, when I get that shape, the "noodles" are about 1.5-2in. long so I'm going to say the toad is about that size. My guess is an adult Anaxyrus americanus or Anaxyrus terrestris got in with the pasta and died. I recall reading a story a few years ago where someone in the Northeast got a living Green Tree Frog in their bag of lettuce haha.
Seems more likely that said desiccated frog/toad died in their home next to or on top of their box of pasta. Or perhaps crawled into the box after it was opened and then died.
I need to hit up the packing company and order a pallet of that stuff! hahaNoah M wrote:I think the woman just bought the wrong box. That pasta was clearly designed for Heterodon shoppers.