OK, so the second plague was technically "frogs," and these are "toads." Still, I stand by my headline.
Out of the murky depths of the pool, the toad emerges, breathlessly lurching onto dry land. After several minutes of desperate twitching, the creature swells and explodes, and the entrails slide out. Still, the animal lives for several more minutes in agony, before finally giving up the greenish-hued ghost.
And by the way, yuck.
Real scientific theories as to what might be causing the toads to explode, according to MSNBC:
1. Hungry crows are pecking out their livers.
2. Horses have infected the toads with a virus.
3. The toads are committing suicide to save others from overpopulation.
If anyone hears about plagues involving the rivers turning to blood or people coming down with boils, please give this firstborn child a call.