Frogs

I Love Frogs

All my life I have been fascinated by frogs. Sometimes I wish they were not so slimy and there are poisonous ones I would not want to encounter, but overall frogs are intriguing creatures. Once as a child, I was climbing a tree and put my hand on a big piece of bark to steady myself and that bark scurried away from my hand! It was a perfectly camouflaged tree frog. 

Have you heard a tree frog’s voice? They are amazing. If you think all frogs make the same sound, you are so wrong. Only the male bullfrog can “croak” using his throat pouch that enlarges and vibrates to make that familiar sound. Other frogs have individual sounds and you can experience some of them, including American and Canadian frogs here: http://www.naturenorth.com/spring/sound/shfrsnd.html There are several other sites on the internet which present the sounds that various frogs make and a favorite of mine is: http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/songs.html

I cannot help but smile as I listen to the recorded frog sounds. I hope that you enjoy them too. Frogs whistle, peep, grunt, ribbit, and bark to name just a few of their distinctive sounds. Please tune in to the links above and listen to their serenades. Even as a frog lover, I was not aware of spring peeps until my daughter pointed them out a few years ago. 

Frogs Are Vital

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Frogs are more than fun. They are sentinels that warn us of crucial information regarding our environment. Amphibians, including salamanders and toads as well as frogs,  are sensitive to gases like oxygen because of their very porous and sensitive skin.  This means they are also very sensitive to pollution even from their egg stage because the shell is soft, unlike eggs of birds and snakes. 

Amphibians have been declining with some species disappearing completely. Other signs of environmental compromise include extra or missing legs on frogs. They are compared by many scientists to the canary in the coal mine. We must respect and pay attention to frogs and their cousins. 

“Don’t be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground.”                    Kim Young-ha

 

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you for this info. Now I’ve been “toad”. Never realized the many species nor their particular functions. I look forward to hopping to the websites for more enlightenment. Warts a body to do?

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  2. Very interesting article on frogs. I love your frog collection. They are not slimy is a positive but they don’t make their sounds is a negative.

    I have a great nephew (my sister’s grandchild, Clark, one of triplets, age 8) who loves frogs and all reptiles. He knows so much about reptiles and keeps learning. He loves to talk about them and play with them outside. I don’t know if his mother has let him bring one in the house yet. I will try to forward this blog to my sister and let her share it with him. He will love it.
    However, his triplet sisters will not because they say that is all he talks about and they get tired of it. My sister is staying with them this week while his parents and older brother and sister are on a church mission trip to North (or South) Dakota. He kept talking about reptiles and his sisters asked my sister to please tell him to stop. They were tired of listening.
    For Christmas I found him a book that has a 3-dimensional frog and as you turn the pages, you see various views of his insides. He loved it.

    I always enjoy the frog sounds when I am near a pond in the summer. I will need to listen for the different variations.
    Thanks for the blog.

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  3. Sue. Loved this article about frogs. Something funny. My nurse friend Janice had to take a clean shirt to her granddaughter at school this week. She was dissecting a frog and it splattered onto her blouse. Janice loves frogs. Every time we go on a trip, we look for “frogs”. On one of our trips to Palm Coast FL, there were so many frogs in the lagoon we could barely sleep. I recorded them. When I find the recording, I will send to you. Maybe you can tell me what kind they were.

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