Froggy *%@&*^

The Artist Formerly known as Prince

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First the King of Jordan comes to our little town, now a prince.

It is a struggle to stay on top

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  • Hope you didn’t kiss him. 🙂

  • If he is lost, I know where to find his kingdom . Members of his court are still visiting our shower daily.

  • Neat shot. And he looks so serious!

  • Mjean, we lived out by the Garberville airport while we were building our house in Benbow. About once a week we had to remove a frog from our shower. We never did figure out how he got in there.

    When my wife would to in the bathroom to take a shower, she would stick her hand out the door with “Freddy” as we called him. My job was to take him outside and turn him loose. We never figured out if it was the same frog or not, but there was only one at a time so it could have been the same persistant little guy!

    Now, whenever my wife or I see a frog we say, “There’s Freddy!”

  • They are so cute! I usually see them hopping along the ground, and they never look this green. I wonder if they shift colors to blend in.

  • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince does not associate with low life shower trash especially those Peeping Tom types known as “Freddy” nor does he kiss just anybody. I don’t think he changes colors either but he was in a very green patch of mint (for that minty freshness taste). He declined to kiss me. I guess he knew I’d already found my prince.

    (I did check to see if I had oversaturated him but I put up an unretouched photo below the fold and you can see that he is just as green there albeit a bit more desperate looking.)

  • UH Oh, I think our Prince is a princess–no wonder she didn’t want to kiss.–Not bi-curious apparently.

    Thanks Ernie, now I will know to look for patches of dark on the throat for male frogs.

  • A strangely familiar leaf Could it be kale?

  • It is mint–a very pretty little mint that surrounds my garden bench and temps me from my computer.

  • Did he sing “It’s not easy being green”?

  • Ernie,
    We are getting more than one frog visitor for sure. Last night before I took a shower, I removed one to the far side of the yard, hoping he/she wouldn’t return but when I was actually in the shower, there was a much smaller, browner, one staring me in the eye. He stayed for awhile and then climbed up the wall and dissappeared behind a small ledge.
    Ours come in a variety of sizes and shades of green and brown and in the 36 years we have lived here, we have never figured out how they get in the shower. We usually only had two or three a year that didn’t appear until September but these began appearing in May and we are getting at least 4 or 5 a week.
    I have wondered if because of the lack of rain they are looking for moisture. However, I do keep my yard area fairly green so I don’t know why they need my shower. Maybe, they miss the rain.

  • The sound of rain is a breeding response trigger.
    It could be, Freddy and friends hear the shower and figure, it’s time to boogie!

  • You wrote, “I did check to see if I had oversaturated him”

    I misread that as “oversauteed” – now putting glasses on!

  • This guy was silent–no singing. Friends of his hang out in our bathroom, too. One perches on the shower ring and stares disapprovingly at me so I suspect some desire for moisture and now that I know they use rain as a breeding response, I know the stare is pure rejection. I don’t meet the criteria for breeding (thank goodness.) But if gas and food prices keep going up, I might try sauteeing them and see if they taste good.

  • Better to eat up the bullfrogs in our area: they’re an introduced species that preys on the native treefrogs (among other things) AND they’re meatier. Ask Kyle for his recipe… I hear they taste like chicken!

  • The herons do a pretty good job on the bullfrogs but if I get hungry enough (fat chance!) I’ll fight them for a leg.

  • Mjean perhaps there is an opening either under the house or on the siding where the frogs are getting in, then climbing up and coming out on top of the shower ledge???

    Kym I know that can’t be the case with your house; maybe they are just hopping in through an open door.

  • In our house, it is an open door because the bathroom is in the “addition”–unconnected to the main house. It is unheated and the bathroom door is only closed if someone is using it (and not always then–Yes, I am raising heathens.)

  • Maybe if you kiss him we’ll get some purple rain.

  • Grow Magazine Issue #2 has a wonderful cover illustation and beautiful centerfold poster, both by Scott McKenzie, both featuring a Pacific Chorus Frog.
    Here’s a link to the issue, though it’s a PDF file.
    Anecdotally, Pacific Chorus Frogs apparently dig hanging out in “gardens”.

    The next night you hear a Pacific Chorus Frog calling, give a call back.
    It’s easy to get them to respond if you closely mimic the call, and that’s not difficult.
    The call sounds a bit like “crick-ICK” or even “crick-IT“. You maybe amazed at how easy it is to engage in call-and-response with your amphibian neighbours.
    (Here’s a page that includes a WAV file of the call.)

    btw, the Pacific Chorus Frog call is favored by Hollywood soundmen, and it’s a hoot to hear them used out-of-place in films with localities outside of their natural range!

    North American bullfrogs displace most other amphibians wherever they’re introduced.
    Bullfrog adults and tadpoles are voracious, and attempt to eat anything that moves that they can cram into their maws. Their clutches may contain upward of 25,000 eggs.
    Contrast that with >100 eggs in a Pacific Chorus Frog clutch. gulp

    ps: garter snakes love to eat bullfrog tadpoles.
    pps: bullfrogs love to eat ducklings.

  • Headwrapper, I’ll kiss him when doves cry real tears 8)

    Olm, Thanks for the links and the info. I’m going to try to get a frog to call back the next time I hear one.

  • that frog has one kick-ass make-up artist.

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