Saturday, May 30, 2009

Random Ramblings- Frogs

I admit it, I'm a nature freak! Growing up in California we would go camping every summer and raised various breeds of birds. When I married my husband, we started camping often at the beach (Have I mentioned that I miss the beach?!!). I actually sat with my husband through the entire Hunter's education class (8 or 10 hours, don't quite remember) however, I won't hunt because, I don't have the heart to kill a beautiful buck or doe. You may laugh if you'd like but, I honestly admit to apologizing to the buck's my husband brings home for dinner.

Ok, my ramblings will be really long winded if I don't get to the point of this blog post. It's about frogs, toads, and tadpoles. Odd choice to write about, I know.

Standing water is an breeding ground for mosquito's and various other parasites and bugs (Kind of like the WEIRD worm type parasites that squeak when you bring them out of the water and they flop all over the place!! What the heck are those??! Ick). I live in the country surrounded by farmland and there has been a large puddle near the field next to our house for sometime now. It rains often here and standing water can become an issue.

Inside of this puddle (I like to say a pond, lol) the frogs have been laying eggs. There are thousands of tadpoles growing into young frogs and toads. Have you ever watched them grow? It's amazing believe it or not. I worried when the water started to dry up and told my husband that if it does, I was going to take a water hose out there and fill it back up until the tadpoles were ready. Luckily it rained for a couple days.

You now have to be careful when walking out there because, there are hundreds of frogs/toads no bigger than my pinkie fingernail hopping all over the grass! I kid you not, these are the most tiniest/cutest frogs I have ever seen in my life. Of course I had to catch a few of them and show my kids, hubby and nephew. They had never seen any that little before either.

Looking into the water, you could actually watch the legs growing on the tadpoles. They are almost ready to turn completely into a toad or frog. Some of the frogs still have the tails or stubs from the tails on them when they come out of the water. My husband loves to laugh at me for this recent obsession in "Saving the tadpoles" but, he has been watching them right along with me in their growing stages. It is really fascinating, who would have thought this would be? I'm glad that I've taken this journey, this has definitely been an interesting experience. So next time you see a puddle of standing water that has been there for quite some time, check to see if you have tadpoles lurking in the waters. Watch them grow, it's an amazing process, especially if you get the chance to hold frogs as tiny as these have been. I just hope most of them make it, the birds have been hanging around over there the last couple days....(Did I mention that I also love birds? *Smile*)

Thank you for listening to my ramblings! Believe me, I could have turned this post into a book!


Loretta on May 31, 2009 at 12:50 AM said...

So how is Fred your stair sitting friend?

Michele on May 31, 2009 at 10:09 AM said...

Ok mom, you wanted me to ramble some more? I have to explain who Fred is now, LOL. First, unfortunately I haven't seen him yet this year, I've seen a few big ones but, they don't sit with me so I don't think any of them are Fred, LOL.

Fred is a large toad that would sit with my on my steps, he wouldn't move for anything and you had to watch and make sure you didn't step on him. I named the toad "Fred" and actually would talk to him, I know...I'm nuts but, he was a good listener! lol

Michele on May 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM said...

Sit with my- Sit with me


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