Saturday, 4 January 2014

The Peripatetic Frog

First there was one green tree frog (Litoria caerulea), which slept in the laundry sink by day and paddled in the loo bowl at night. That one was joined by a second frog, which didn't much like the loo bowl, but did enjoy the kitchen sink. Eventually, the second frog decided to move out. The first frog remained in the laundry, foraging at night, pooing on the floor and knocking things over, because green tree frogs are clumsy and have no decorum.

The laundry frog left home a few weeks back. She was looking a bit scrawny — not quite skin and bones, but not the rotund shape common in green tree frogs. When she returned a couple of nights ago, she looked like this.

She's either full of insects, full of eggs or both. I've now given her a big bucket of water to paddle in. It's not quite as good as the loo, but at least she doesn't have to share it.


Katie (Nature ID) said...

How fun! It's great you let them live with you. I hope the bucket works.

Snail said...

She seems to like it, even if it doesn't have the same comfortable curve as the lavatory bowl!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I've put containers of water near the grates over the underground drainage pipes where they are trying to get relief from the relentless heat. And more on the rear patio where they congregate at night for a feed under the light. They must think its never going to rain no more no more! Neither do I!

Snail said...

The heat has to stop some time and the rain start, doesn't it? I was just watching a magpie-lark. It's standing with its feet in the bird bath. I might join it!