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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Eastern Gray Tree Frog


Otherwise known as my little garden friend.
At least I hope she's still my friend.  
I think I mistook her hatching eggs/tiny tadpoles
as mosquito larva and dumped them out of my birdbath.
Twice.  Uh oh.  Sorry Mrs. Frog!
I didn't figure it out until I dumped it today and there 
she was on the side of the house above the birdbath.
Try again, ok?  But I can't guarantee the cats will
leave your babies alone once they come out of the water!

I found out that tree frogs can change color!
And they are tadpoles for 2 months.  Hmm.
That's a really long time not to clean the birdbath. ha.


34 comments:

  1. On a totally separate note, what did Ree Drummond do to my blogroll? Page down and have a look. hahaha....

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    1. Your blog is all wonky on my IPad! WTH?
      Love your frog...how about a container of water for her somewhere else...
      What are you gonna do about the Ree Drummond photo?
      Cheers!
      Linda :o)

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    2. Yeah, I thought of that. Maybe water somewhere else.
      I know...Ree! But what can I do? haha. Hopefully when she
      posts next it will be ok.

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    3. One of the blogs on my blogroll did the same thing. Wonder what caused it???

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  2. I would have probably dumped them too. Mosquitos are a problem here so no standing water.

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    1. Exactly. Here, too. And I react terribly to mosquito bites.

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  3. Not sure whether frogs are maternal. I think once the eggs are laid here job is done. So I don't think she will hold it against you . . . :)

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    1. Well, I hope not! Because I don't think I'd want the birdbath to grow that slimy for 2 months while they grew. haha.

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  4. Eep, 2 months with tadpoles in the bird bath? That's proof that you're a real good person!

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    1. haha...no, I can't do it. It would just be letting them turn into frogs so the cats could eat them.
      Can you imagine how gross the bird bath would be in that much time without a water change? Ew.

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  5. I've been listening to the deafening sounds of these little tree frogs each night, something so tiny, yet so loud !
    She's a cute one.
    ~Jo

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  6. Nature.....it can be tough. We have seen baby birds disappear too....sad to see but we can't do much. And it would be hard not to clean a bird bath.....where would they get water like that for so long? Our yard is a toad haven....I guess from the wetland?

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    1. Yeah, I can't leave the birdbath for that long. How gross it would be! It needs changed every few days as it is, in this heat. I couldn't believe the number of tadpoles in the water. Teeny tiny things...they really looked like mosquito larva they were so small. But there were hundreds! I suppose some not living can be expected and it all evens out in the end. Yes, the baby birds....our cats get them occasionally. That makes me upset....much more than a mouse. haha.

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  7. She is very sweet! I remember some "suction" frogs on your window a while ago.
    Wow... Ree has become larger than life!

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    1. Yep. I think they've multiplied since then. We can hear them singing at night. haha.

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  8. Hi Betsy - a second bird-bath for her? It's great to see her close up ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Well, this IS my second birdbath! haha.

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  9. Betsy, this frog is so cute.
    I'm here to say you bye bye for few weeks as I'm starting my summer holidays this weekend.
    See you soon.

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    1. Off to Spain, right? Have a wonderful time!

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  10. haha the great frog killer
    Don't want any bird bath filler?
    Such a meanie at your sea
    2 months would leave it rather nasty

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    1. It gets nasty in 4-5 days.
      It surely would be worse than a green haze.

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  11. Haha! She looks like she's saying, "OMG, not you again"! Yeah, I don't blame you there...I would have to clean it more often than her babies would need it. But putting water somewhere else sounds like a good idea. I had one hanging out in my garden for a couple of weeks and it would scare the bejeebers out of me every time I got near. It would jump out of my way and of course, I would think it was a danged snake. Ha!

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    1. I haven't had one jump around me but they do appear here and there. haha.
      She might give up now that they've been messed with a few times. I don't even know if she
      cares or notices!

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  12. You didn't know. Don't kick yourself!

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    1. Oh, I'm not. haha. And I might do it again! I dump and refill the bird bath every week!

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  13. She's pretty. Maybe you need a frog bath as well.

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    1. A frog bath. hahaha....I like the sound of that! "Frogs Only!"

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  14. She's pretty. Maybe you need a frog bath as well.

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  15. Her markings look like a map. At least now you've learned what frog eggs look like. Always something positive about a situation.

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  16. Yes they do change colors. They are such a surprise when the cling to the glass of the door.

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