What’s Left?

Aug 5th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane  Editor/Publisher  and  Simba  the late Squeak’s  adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak’s adoptive baby

I decided to share pictures of my avocado frog - well, really, it is a frog that has taken up residence in my potted avocado plant which is on our patio. The frog jumped in there just a short time after we put the avocado out for the summer and he burrows down in the dirt during the day, then comes out at night to catch bugs. Actually, the frog in the picture is the first frog. We are now on our second frog. Unfortunately, the first frog had a mishap in the pool. You’d think that a toad frog (I think that is what these are) could live in the pool for several days - but they can’t. Usually they only make it for a few hours even though we have a skimmer that has a resting place in it. I’m going to get a new one that has a little ramp that comes from the surface of the water up through the skimmer cover so that if you have frogs or snakes, etc., they can just climb out and you don’t have to be surprised when you open the lid. Sounds good to me. Anyway, I have enjoyed watching these frogs as they have found a new home for the summer. Our dog stops to pay her respects to the frog when she goes out the patio door. My dogs, maybe other dogs, too, do not bother frogs. I think they have some sort of chemical on their skins that repells dogs….? Speaking of frogs, I read on Yahoo one day recently where there is a bacteria going around that is killing millions of frogs. I have noticed that we have about 1/3 the number of frogs (toads) than we usually have. We have several water frogs and tree frogs but their numbers are also down from a normal year. I hope we don’t lose the number we have. I hope they eat mosquitos. We have so many mosquitos at our house that you cannot go outside at dusk or beyond without repellant on. They will be all over you. I’ve even noticed that there are about 10-12 bats outside our house - eating mosquitos. That’s good - since the Martins are gone for the season.
I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying some of the simple things - frogs,etc. that summer brings.

The avocado plant where the frog has made his home on our patio.
The avocado plant where the frog has made his home on our patio.
The frog (#1 frog) as he peeks out from his burrow.

The frog (#1 frog) as he peeks out from his burrow.

As dusk nears, the frog begins watching for his next meal.

As dusk nears, the frog begins watching for his next meal.

Go to your happy place.

See you next week.