Frog (Period)

Frog (Period)

The frog is a four-legged amphibian, whose strong hindlegs make it a renowned jumper; it’s classed as a reptile by heralds.  The frog is a period charge, found in the canting arms (Italian rana) of di Cagaranis, mid-15th C. [Triv 103].  The category includes the heraldically indistinguishable “toad” (termed a crapawd in Randall Holmes’s Roll, c.1460):  toads are found in the arms of Repley, c.1520 [DBA3 439].

Both frogs and toads are tergiant by default, as in the illustration.  Frogs sejant are also found, in the canting arms of Frosch, 1605 [Siebmacher 210].

Ailís inghean uí Ruairc bears:  Argent, three frogs vert.

Karl Ulfson bears:  Argent, a frog sejant affronty azure.

Hieronymus de Hansworst bears:  Sable, a frog salient to sinister argent.

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