A new resident - ain't he cute?

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  1. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    I was clearing out leaves, etc out of the water part of the old "trough" today. Something splashed and scared me half to death! I went back later to discover that it was this bullfrog. His body is around 2-3 inches. At first he was very camera-shy, but finally let me get close enough for a half-decent photo.



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    Ahhh, shy or not, he sure is cute! Keep him warm and happy, and this spring and summer he'll eat his weight in bugs!
     
  3. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Well... he'll have to keep himself warm. Which won't be too hard for a while since the temps are in the upper 70s.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Frogs, toads, newts and anything else that eats bugs is more than welcome in my garden!! I'm glad your bullfrog decided to let you take his picture as he's a handsome fellow.
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    He is a cutie, wish I had one.
     
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    Toni, I'd send you one of ours, but catching a bullfrog is beyond my capabilities. In the summer we sit out on the patio and hear them on the pond.
    I don't know what it is about frogs, but I just adore them!
     
  7. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Where there is one frog there may be more. Your water features might make great refuges during the hot Texas summer.

    Jerry
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    They are most welcome.... just wish this guy didn't scare the beejeebies out of me today. :eek:
     
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    Cherylad, He is very cute. I have the same thought about frogs, toads, etc: they eat their weight in bugs every day/week? during the summer. Definitely to be welcomed in the garden!

    We have a pool in our yard and unfortunately after a rain, we get scads of frogs in it. Unless we get them out quickly, the chlorine will kill them. It has been our children's chore every morning to do 'frog patrol'. Our son has taken to leaving kick boards in the pool to act as floaties for the frogs to climb on until he can get them out....
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Wish I had one too. Bull frogs are getting kind of rare in these parts.
     
  11. Annette

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    awsome!!!...how do i attract them to my yard?
     
  12. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Annette... do you have a pond or some water features?
    I did nothing to attract him... well... just having the container ponds.
    I live in a very rural area. The pasture behind me has 2 or 3 ponds... there's a canal and a reservoir. All of which are full after a our recent rains.
    So I guess he went out exploring and found my little pond!
     
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    Frogs and toads, hunting for food, explore at night, fewer predators. I once dug a foundation hole for an addition to the house, each morning I had to 'rescue' the many frogs and toads that would hop in at night. Almost any open water source, as day approaches, is a 'safe haven'.

    Jerry
     
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    So cute,sounds like he was as jumpy as you when you met.
     
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    awwwwww I love him they used to get in my above ground pond and they would scare me till I got used to them enjoy him he will bring others
     

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