What's in Bloom

steven hart hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:16:17 PST
I love frogs too, & found it very interesting that one of Jim's, sounds
like a duck..... Ever since i really got into collecting lilies & bulbs, i
have had an amassing increase in frog populations, they love to hide with
in the leaves of all my crinums, & amongst the cool garden areas & although
i have a habitat pond in front of the house 5m or 15foot long by 2m or
5foot wide, prior to the introduction of the lilies there was very little
habitat for anything but rocket frogs to survive in.. Rocket frogs, named
because they move so fast, always live in the water & call with
Bop.......bop...bopbop..... unlike many of the others that croak, erierk or
creak... As the habitat & lilies have grown & Ive expanded my lily patch,
my frog populations have absolutely exploded to around 14 local rainforest
varieties, I'm delighted as frogs are in decline world wide, thought to be
from chemical induced intolerance causing viruses, from my understanding
any way, although it is still a great mystery being studied.........

This is one of the reasons i never use spray in the garden, if i ever have
to treat any bulbs, which is extremely rare thank goodness,
i will remove them & quarantine it first......

A few of my varieties are, giant tree frog, graceful tree frog, white
lipped tree frog, rocket frog, sedge frog, burrowing boppel bop,
dainty tree frog, some i don't know & last of all endangered greater bared
frog, it is brown with v shaped bars on the rear of its back legs, unlike
most frogs that jump away if you touch them, this species will crouch down
& hold its ground until you move away, it is often mistaken for cane toad a
shocking feral species here from south America that is killing off many of
our rare animals as it is toxic to almost all Australian animals, snakes &
birds....  Greater bared frogs are often wrongly killed, mistaken as cane
toads & increasing its endangered status, it can be heard for miles & is
often mistaken as a common wood duck when it calls....... what a
coincidence : )

Steven Esk Queensland Australia

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Jim McKenney <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:
Jim Shields wrote: "I also heard frogs calling along the creek"

Frogs already?
Could you tell if they were spring peepers (alone a high pitched whistle or
en masse like sleigh bells ) or wood frogs (like ducks quacking or dogs
barking in the distance)? Or maybe chorus frogs or cricket frogs?

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