Frog Blog


Frog Blog – Blog #22

The other day was really sunny and the temperature was high so late that night at 10:30 the frogs in my garden went absolutely crazy! There were 12 in my main garden pond of which, two climbed out onto the grass then started gobbling up flies. Then they would do a jumpy dive movement towards slugs and gobble them up too. Meanwhile the 10 frogs that stayed in the pond were just catching unlucky flies that got a bit close to the water.

Fact file: Common Frog 

Common frogs live in freshwater often finding their way into garden ponds and parks with freshwater. They usually hunt at night catching insects, slugs and various other bugs. On a warm day they will stick their heads out of the water or bask in the sun. In winter they might shelter under rocks, in log piles, in a pile of leaves or at the bottom of a pond. 

The frogs made some great photo opportunities! As it was dark I used my phone camera as I felt it was more suitable for close-ups than my telephoto lens. Unfortunately I have a net around the pond as there are 20 cats living in my street and they regularly visit the pond catching the fish and the frogs. The cats just leave them for dead but I have cut lots of gaps in the sides of the net and in the middle for the frogs to get in and out safely. (They have got used to the net over time and don’t mind it) the frogs have become tame and sit on my hand and take food when i give it to them but I usually let them get on with their lives without them relying on me for food as I don’t want them to lose their natural instincts.

 

frog 1
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
Common Frog
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)

 

And now the temperature has dropped and it’s raining ☹

 

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