Amphibians: Out of Africa - Superfrogs!

Out of Africa -- Superfrogs!

"Maybe you understand frogs and maybe you don't understand 'em," says Smiley in Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. "Maybe you've had experience and maybe you ain't only an amature, as it were." Seattle animal importer Andy Koffman ain't no amateur. In 1986, while visiting the African nation of Cameroon, Koffman watched a 10-lb. Goliath frog leap 30 ft. across a river, and jumped to a conclusion. "The first thing I thought was, 'Wouldn't it be fun to win the Calaveras contest?' " recalls Koffman.

Figuring that the Goliaths could easily shatter the world frog-jumping record of 21...