7.17.2010

Patience Rewarded

Little by little, one by one, my foster children are getting their legs under them and moving out. Today I noticed the little ones below were venturing farther afield and one little fellow, who had lost his tail completely, hopped away before I could get his picture. Some of the leopard frog 'poles have started to grow some legs so it won't be long now before I release them back into their natural environment. It has been a hard summer for amphibians. The weather has been hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry. Hopefully,some of these little hand-raised froglets will make it. Of course, we may regret that next year if we have decent rains during the breeding season -- the din will quite impressive ;)

 

 

 
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8 comments:

Ellen Rathbone said...

What cuties! You are a good soul for saving their lives.

Woodswalker said...

Oh my lord, I have never seen ANYTHING so cute! Thanks for the photos.

swamp4me said...

ellen,
we just couldn't stand the thought of all of them drying up -- hopefully, between the natural food they are able to get and the supplemental fish food we give them, they will grow up to be healthy little frogs.

woodswalker,
They are little cuties. I just wish I could have gotten a picture of the one that had lost his tail. He was way cute!

ksdoolittle said...

Too sweet!! You've done well. ~karen

biobabbler said...

THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS!!! OMG I cannot STAND it. SO on the cusp of froggy and tadpole. A DOR a ble.

Thanks so much!

Pablo said...

Cute and adorable! I'd love to hear the din of the frog chorus. I didn't see as many tadpoles in my lake this year as in the past. I think my fish have gotten big enuf to eat them.

Floridacracker said...

Frogpups!
Did you read the Smithsonian article about sea rise and your NC coast?

swamp4me said...

karen,
There is something very sweet about them. They are so tiny and vulnerable...

biobabbler,
I get excited every time I see one that has just emerged. They are cuties.

pablo,
During any sort of rain the frogs around here crank up. Folks from away who visit find the frogs can keep them up at night.

FC,
The gray treefrogs are morphing pretty quickly -- my leopards are taking forever! Two of them do have legs at long last, thogh.
I haven't read the Smithsonian article yet. I have heard the predictions. however. We'll be a whole lot closer to the beach than we are now!