Tree frogs

Ceridwen Lloyd
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:21:42 PDT
We have had frog-a-rama here after a decently wet winter and spring, if the chorusing of Pobblebonks and others (and number of ibis, heron etc visiting our bottom paddock) are anything to go by. It has been a good season for the creatures so I expected to see a lot more snakes - usually a squashed red-bellied black on our road is the first sign of spring - but nothing yet. I drove one out of my growing-on area last season by repairing some irrigation but I'm sure it's not far. Brown snakes hatch late February/early March and I have been told that the baby ones enjoy eating slugs, for those of you who feel brave. I am still keeping my witless terrier un-clipped in case she happens upon one that has just emerged from hibernation

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> On 2 Nov 2013, at 6:29 am, Jyl Tuck <> wrote:
> Dear Joyce,   We too had so many tree frogs this year.  They were every
> where and every size and colour that it made me curious and I took many
> photos of them and researched them.   It turns out that the colour
> variations are them responding to changes in tempeture and humidity.  They
> went from the normal lime green to brown and some with shimmering flex of
> gold ( they looked like jewels).
> I also have learned that you can tell the health of an area by its
> bio-diversity and the frog is a key species.  We know that frogs are
> vanishing every where ------- they are the first to disappear.  So we feel
> very proud that we now see 2 species here when we saw none the first years.
> We have cleared property (because it had been left to over grow by aging
> owners), but we have immediately growen a more diverse tree and plant group
> in its place.
> I'm sorry to say our biggest threat pest is that they are looking at
> logging the land around us. We have no way to fight this. We have tried.
> Seems after all our hard work, I can co-exist with all manner of sharp
> clawed furry animal or slithering or burrowing creature, but man is the
> hardest to reason with.
>  This is why I love nature, we need each other.    Jyl Tuck
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