Monday, April 2, 2012
It's a frog's life
I found out two very important pieces of information this weekend:
1. How to tell if a bullfrog is male or female. See that little circle just behind its eye? That's their eardrum. If it is the size of the eye, it is a female. If it is larger, it is a male. So, this bullfrog is a female--which I already knew because it didn't croak...or "call".
2. Frogs are territorial--this I knew somewhat. But what I didn't know is that they will kill other frogs over territory. There are out and out battles with leaps and attacks--some leading to holding the opponent under the water and drowning. Ah HAH! So, that is what I am figuring happened to the frog in my pond last weekend. I think the darned thing drowned. Makes complete sense. When frogs die, you don't find them floating like I did. This was definitely a healthy frog--one that died quickly.
Along with the lead on how the frog died last weekend, I've also noticed that my frog numbers are down from four to one....maybe two. I had the same thing happen a few years ago, I had one frog who bullied the others to leave the pond. And now, I think we have ourselves a bully again.
So, what to do? Do we introduce tadpoles just in case this bully leaves and then we have no frogs this summer? Do we just let nature take its course and see what happens? Sheesh, who knew frogs and ponds could be so darn exciting?
It's sort of like the rest of the world though, you know? Battles--wee and epic. Love, jealousy, bullies, and friendships all play a part of everyday pond life. There are days in the warm sun and far too many under snow and ice. It's happy, it's sad. It is chock full of life, but it also has its fair share of death.
All that in just over 1000 gallons.