Made a new amphibious friend!


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Have been hearing these guys most of the summer, but could never find one — there is usually a chorus of 3 or 4 around the pond and inside the turtle habitat. I thought I was hearing Fowler’s toads......until I caught this little fella tonight and was able to ID him!

Meet an Eastern Narrow Mouthed Toad! Apparently they are extremely common — just my 1st time to see one! Funny, but when I looked it up......they call it a toad-like frog. So is it a toad....or a frog!

Cute little guy, about 1-1/2 inch long. And they eat ants! I have a massive carpenter ant problem in the turt hab, so very happy to welcome these ant-preds!

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1st shot: iPhone on macro, and right in his face. Other 2 shots with and without flash.
 
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I say toad due to his feet. But who knows, maybe he is a hybrid between frog/toad. I just found a young bullfrog in my pond, sure hope my goldfish are too big to fit in his mouth!
 
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Great addition, may he (or she) eat tons of ants.
 

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Great addition, may he (or she) eat tons of ants.
Probably a male. I heard 4 or 5 very separate and distinct “calls” going on that evening. One was at the edge of the pond, in fact under a liner fold. Was actually able to sneak up on it! And “me too” on the ants! I released it where I found it, but now wish I’d placed inside the turtle habitat!
 
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I was out after dark last night trying to see some meteors and was scared out of my wits by a giant bullfrog CROAK! I initially assumed it was a psychotic killer coming to murder me (always my first thought) then thought - "Wait. That was a dang FROG". haha! It was extra dark last night so I couldn't find him - I'll have to go out with a flashlight tonight and introduce myself.
 
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Reminds me of being in the WalMart garden shop last summer. A teenage boy was watering the plants when a frog let out a croak under a bench somewhere. That boy was scared and said loudly "What was that"? I told him and he said he had never heard a frog before. Too much time on his computer and phone I think??
 
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Too much time on his computer and phone I think??
Methinks you are right on that one! "Never heard a frog? Are you new to this planet?"

My school has a vegetable garden - my desk looks out on it so I get to enjoy watching everything grow. A girl - this is a high school - asked me the other day "what are those red things?" I said "tomatoes" and she said "people can just GROW those?". Good lord.
 

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I think I have 3 big frogs now or maybe more! Yesterday when we had that hard rain falling I saw one of the frogs flying out of the pond like mad, Every jump he took was about 3 ft high and he was moving fast. He was heading for cover in one of my gardens by a shed. Can't blame him as the pond water was really taking a beating by that rain! We hardly ever get rain like that!
 

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Walking the pup during another rain storm, one really large green frog was on our driveway.
 

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