Please see the introduction to Perek Shirah (PDF source).

In story of David hamelech who meets the frog, it says that the frog told him that he gives up his life as he allows himself to be eaten by a land creature that only feeds on animals from the sea.

What is this creature?

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    This question would be improved with your source for the story. Otherwise, it is hard to know what you are referring to.
    – N.T.
    Mar 22 at 1:37
  • Not only that, but I involve myself in a great mitzvah, and this is the mitzvah that I involve myself with: There's a specie on the beach whose sustenance comes exclusively from (creatures that live) in the water, and when it's hungry, it takes me and eats me. I therefore fulfill the mitzvah of that what is said (Proverbs 25:21-22), "If your adversary is hungry, feed him
    – interested
    Mar 22 at 13:38

The source says it refers to a creature on the edge of the sea, but not necessarily a land creature. In Nature's Song (the source of your PDF), Rabbi Slifkin understands it to be a water creature. He says many animals eat frogs, including heron, otters, and snakes. Personally I think otters or sea turtles are very likely.

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