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These Fake Frogs Can Spare Real Ones From Dissection in School

The synthetic frog design mimics a real female frog with its color, size, and texture. It even features a realistic reproductive system with eggs.

Students can now dissect synthetic frogs instead of live ones thanks to a new model made with “synthetic wet tissues” that look and feel real. 

J.W. Mitchell High School in Florida partnered with SynDaver to supply fake frogs in their classrooms. SynDaver creates an array of synthetic human cadavers and animal cadavers for scientific use. The synthetic frog design mimics a real female frog with its color, size, and texture. It even features a realistic reproductive system with eggs. 

The man-made lab props were designed in 2018 as a partnership with PETA to provide students with an “ethical” option. PETA says the new teaching tool can save millions of real frogs every year.  

PETA says it also spares users from exposure to harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and formalin that are typically found in real frog carcasses. Each faux frog costs $150.