The Raleigh Naturalist

June 29, 2008

Garden frogs are out!

Filed under: Nature Lore, Pecans & Mistletoe — Tags: , — raleighnaturalist @ 9:52 pm

 This post was originally published on April 4, 2008.

I believe the parent/predecessors of this green frog came to us in a large potted water plant from that amazing aquarium store on west Hillsborough.  We have bullfrogs in the turtle pond at the top of the yard (see below), but these smaller, more active individuals inhabit the unfenced pond at the bottom of our garden. Although we do bring in a few tadpoles each year as live treats for the turtles or general pondwater/biota  additions, I consider these frogs to be voluntary residents and a compliment to the micro-ecosystems we try to maintain in our sloped Oakwood backyard.  Below is this frog’s view of our garden.

Below is a bullfrog peering into the ivy that rings our pond turtle grotto.  Bullfrogs have larger ear spots and usually green noses and no small spots.  But you get such furtive looks at them they are hard to identify with total confidence. One reference I use a lot is Dorothy Hugh’s wonderful nature website.  She is honest about the difficulty and ambiguity of amateur sightings, and yet goes ahead and provides excellent information in a beautiful format.  Her page on frogs is a great example of comprehensive, efficient tools for comparision of the surprisingly varied but similar species present in the area.


Below are more garden images from this rainy spring break. I didn’t go canoeing above Lassiter Mill with my buddy Clyde as I had planned.  You can check out some preliminary photos, but the mill post will have to wait.  Our brand new rain barrels are definitely up next! Buy yours soon.



1 Comment »

  1. Comment brought forward from old site:
    April 11, 2008
    The best part about frogs living freely in your backyard are their evening announcements. These nightly noises are often a bit startling and have surprised several of our human deck companions. During conversations at dusk, their strange sudden belches often seem to be emphatic comments in response to the topic of discussion. Great photos, honey! Cara

    Comment by raleighnaturalist — January 11, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

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