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The animals featured on the cover of Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook are a European edible frog (Rana esculenta) and an Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus).
The European edible frog has been found all over Europe, with the exception of Spain, for many centuries, possibly as far back as the days of the cave man. This type of frog is mostly aquatic, leaving its pond only to travel to another source of water or sometimes to eat. Its diet consists of worms, beetles, various insects, and even butterflies. The male’s unique mating call is a vociferous, rattle-like croak, amplified by two inflated sacs, one on either side of his face. One female can lay 5000–10,000 eggs per breeding season. Metamorphosis of the larvae into the frog takes a few months, and sexual maturity occurs at around two years. An adult frog is three inches in length. Because their legs are considered a delicacy, European edible frogs have been hunted by humans for centuries.
The Eastern cottontail rabbit is one of the most widely known small wild mammals in the United States, as well as one of the most prolific. Commonly found in the woods and undergrowth of the eastern half of the U.S., this rabbit grows to 14–17 inches, ...