I just discovered this little guy this morning. He's about an inch long, and is either the product of the adult bullfrogs we have in our pond, or perhaps one of several tadpoles we relocated from a friends yard (he discovered them in a small tub of water).
This may be a silly question, but what happens to a tadpole's tail once they get their legs? Does it shrivel up and "get sucked into it's body", does it fall off? I just thought about that looking at your last picture.
I'm an urban gardener who has set up a pond, not still water. Has a "bubbler" and next year a waterfall. I want frogs & toads but haven't a clue where to obtain "starters". I do not want to remove them from their wildlife habitat. Is there an online source for these critters?
This place sells tadpoles not sure what species they are. You may wish to ask so they will not eat any local frogs. How long has your pond been in? Give it time the locals most likely will come. http://www.tricker.com/prod-p-tadpoles
I purchased bullfrog tadpoles from my local nursery, but we also had 3 bullfrogs just show up one day last summer, and they returned again this year. You know the expression -- if you build it, they will come! :)
Good Gosh, Im gonna have to start packing a camera around outside with me.. Mine all roam free. lol.. Hop Hop Here and and a Hop HOP there, they are everywhere at times.. And at night the bayou is full of song.. Hmm I do have one picture I took last year, I will have to search for it.. It was so cute.. He just sitting in a rain pipe.. I guess he lives in there???
Anyhow.. Thanks everyone for posting the pictures..
Acris crepitans blanchardi - formerly referred to as Blanchard's
Cricket Frog, a.k.a. Acris crepitans crepitans - Eastern Cricket Frog.
A tiny little fellow with an interesting sound similar (at least to me) to
that of a ping pong ball being dropped on a hard surface once, then
twice, three times and such, then progressively faster until the sounds
blend together. Note the tell-tale triangle on it's head.
Pony - your pics are great - but what is that cute little plant in many of your pictures with tiny leaves? Please don't tell me it's mosiac plant - I bought some and when I had my racoon attack they all disappeared and it was my favorite water plant. They seem fragile and so they were shredded, I guess along with my water clover and several other plants. Do you know what it is? Thanks.
Thanks Wuvie - I had some (not much) duckweed and the fish ate it all - like candy to them. I think Pony's right that I'm referring to the fairy moss. Does anyone have a link to fairy moss? I'm sure it has more names - anyway, I want them both - I don't know why but I just love floating plants - so pretty, not to mention easy (my favorite attribute) just toss 'em in and they multiply if the fish are well fed.
I got mine at a local pond supply store, she just threw a couple handfuls in with the other stuff I bought. If you don't have a pond supply place near you, just google "azolla" or "fairy moss" and you'll find places you can order it online. :)
This funny-shaped little guy is an Eastern Narrow-Mouthed
gastrophryne Carolinensis. There seems to be misleading information
on whether it is a toad or a frog in some sources.
They hide during the day so as not be eaten by bullfrogs, egrets and
snakes. If the poor little guy is eaten, he emits a foul substance. If
he must go, he's not going without a stink, not to mention a bad taste.
Wuvie - Never seen nor even heard of such. Was he in your yard or pond? Not the prettiest little guy, but certainly very interesting, especially if he just showed up. If so, they must have sent out the word that you have ideal conditions.
LOL Pony, indeed. All the frogs in Cherokee County know where to go.
We've seen plenty of these little guys, but this one was by far the fattest
little booger I'd seen. They like to hide under rocks, so when I flipped one
up and over, there he was, ready to run. After the photo shoot (LOL) he
was put back where he was before I disturbed him.
Here is a lighter one found earlier this year, sitting on a bowling ball:
Oh my gosh, you should hear them when a pond full of them get
going. The males all hang out in a pond tub we have, and it is
LOUD. There are also many that hang out behind the office, and
when they get going, it is hilarious. It does sound like a flock of
sheep, all going 'Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhh' at the same time.
I think frogs just add more life to the pond. Along with the dragonflies, hummingbirds, it's quite amazing what a pond attracts. This little guy wasn't sure what I was up to. He looks a little apprehensive.
This little guy has been keeping me entertained. He sits on these rocks and tries to catch the bee's in the hollyhocks. He jumps up towards the flowers and usually misses the bee and ends up making a back flip into the water. He then sulks for a while and starts the cycle all over again. This has been going on for a few day's now.
I've been slacking a bit ... my apologies. We've discovered a few new babies in our ponds, which I've managed to snap a few pictures of. They're a little more skittish about the camera still as they're not used to it, like Bud here, who is used to and quite comfortable in front of the camera.
I am loving these froggy pics, but could you all identify what kind they are if you happen to know? jljo- I'm fascinated by your brown spotted frog with a green face - who is he? Very interesting.
P.S. I acquired a vivarium last week with a resident Blue Poison Dart Frog and he's beautiful! Not meant for the outside of course. I have to feed him (wingless) fruit flies which I'm not crazy about but it's not so bad once you get the hang of it and his little back toes twitch when he gets excited - a curiosity of the breed - possibly caused by excitement, like eating. That I understand.
I'm a new pond owner and would love to know what kind of frog this little guy is. I found him in my water fall the other day and then again today in one of the plants. He is not skiddish like the bullfrogs are. I have yet to see anything but a foot from those guys. I know I have at least bulls. What can I expect to happen to them when the winter arrives? Will they hibernate somewhere and return in the spring?
Beautiful Pond. I think he may be a Pickerel Frog.He seems more on the browish side vs. green. You can be the judge as you have seen him first hand. He is handsome!,
Here is a link to a site that has pictures of Native frogs of Virginia. http://www.pwconserve.org/wildlife/herps/frogsandtoads.htm
The little frog above, not the fat floaty one, was sitting on top
of the tadpole tank when I woke up Friday morning. He was
photographed as I found him (or her) then taken the wild outdoors
to begin his life as a tree frog!
Thanks; just another spot of pneumonia, but I'm over the worst of it now, I think. Your frogs are lovely as well, as they always are. You have the most photogenic amphibians. Mine aren't too social with eachother except the bopsy twins who generally stick close to eachother.
Eeeeeeeee! I'm so excited! When I was out watering just a few minutes ago, a wee tree frog hopped out of one of the containers I was watering! I grabbed my camera and only got one shot before he took off.
Then, I was over watering the big flowerbed, and another one was hippity hopping around in there! Didn't have the camera for that one.
So now I know I still have at least 2 tree frogs, even if my pond frogs are all gone. :)
BeaHive - You're pictures are just great - as for Jimmy (Durante), I think you might have to see about braces, he seems to have a slight overbite. Edward Scissorhands is just a hoot, great shot!
Are you familar with CuteOverload.com? It's my all time favorite website and all animal lovers should check it out if you're not. You really should submit Edward and maybe a couple of others to their website - I'm sure they'd probably show them. CO publishes 3 or 4 pics a day of the most adorable animals (all sorts) on the planet and I think some of yours qualify.
I am SO jealous! I can't close to my pond without all of the frogs leaping into the water. I've started sneaking up on them and have actually been able to see a couple before they freak out. I think I have 4 or 5. Where do these guys go in the winter> My pond is just a lined one so no "mud" around to dig into.
I've had a ton of new frogs show up, so unless it's Bud (big boy) or the bopsy twins (always seen together) I don't know them or have a name for them yet. This fella/fellette could be the same as the last one.
This little guy was chilling out on an upside down floater pot in the pond. I have another frog (or it might be this guy) who likes to hang out on a rock that I set on one of the filter boxes in the middle of the other pond.
Yesterday, this guy stayed frozen on this rock for the longest time. I think he was afraid to move as something was hovering above him. He looked scared. I finally shooed him back into the pond and the blade of grass washed away!
Had to do a bit of research. I opted out of frog dissection when I took biology many years ago.(Gross & inhumane)
Here is a picture I found on the internet which shows the skeletal system of a frog. Those lumps are
the Ileum and urostyle bones . I believe they help with the jumping along with their amazing leg bones.
Not a scientific answer, but I think I may be on the right path.
Just went out for a cup of coffee, and all was still dark. I had a small flashlight I was using to glance around the greenhouse, ponds, etc, and look who was out scoping an early morning meal -- Bud. :-)
This guy was hiding under a pile of leaves. I found him this morning as I was removing the spent hosta. He was very
upset that I disturbed him. It was a great hiding spot for him as there was zillions of slugs in this shade bed.He too has not missed a meal I think.
I saw the amphibians thread and wondered if you would like this small story.
My neighbor's daughter was catching toads this year. She had so much fun she started keeping them. One was at least 2" in diameter. She gathered 10-12 and kept them ---
IN THE WINDOW WELL
Everyone of them lived all summer. She would run around the house and come to our side of the road and gather all sorts of bugs and worms, run back over, and dump them in the window well. Within 20-30 seconds every toad had the window well picked clean and head back to their perspective corners. It was kind of fun to watch. She finally released them all in the early fall when she got bored with them. All the kids had fun watching the toads this summer.
Dumb question: If I have a lined pond, where will my frogs go once it's too cold in the pond for them? I have stones all around the pond edge so not much in the line of dirt for them to dig in to. I think it's cold now but still find them sunning themselves in the afternoon.
Talking frogs..my partner loves green tree frogs and we have heaps at home.
Meanwhile the blue wrens build a nest in a low tree right near our door and layed eggs.
One night we saw something hanging out of the frogs mouth..guess what no more mother blue wren and cold dead eggs. boohoo!
With sadness, I report finding something interesting in the freezer, on top of an ice
cube tray. Yes, it was a tiny tree frog. Apparently sometime during better weather,
he came into the house. How he hopped into the freezer without detection, I'll never
know. Rather odd find.
My mother used to love frogs until she was standing next to her neighbor's pond, watching a little goldfinch just hanging out on the rock. All of a sudden, this giant frog jumped out of the water, grabbed the bird and took it to the bottom of the pond. All mom saw was a wing sticking out of his mouth. She said if it had been her pond, she would have drained it and killed that frog! I'm like "mom, it the cycle of life". She said she knows, she just doesn't want to see the cycle! LOL
I have to add Blue to the pictures here. A friend gave him to me recently because she was moving to Colorado. He is a Green frog with some kind of mutant gene that makes him "blue" This pic was just after releasing him after his trip to my house, so he's a little pale. In the Spring he should be a nice deep blue.