Sunday, November 28, 2010

Of Bullfrogs and Frost

After three days and nights of frost and freeze warnings, with plants draped with pillow cases and sheets or covering dining room tables, our pond frog decided to try to high-tail it outta here when it warmed up a little and started raining on Saturday.

When I was getting ready to leave for work in the morning I found him far from the pond, which he never goes far from, and about 1/2 way to the front yard on the side of the house. He was super cold and stiff sitting there on the bricks. And for the first time EVER, he was handled by a human and I got to pick him up and bring him inside to warm up.

We plopped him down in some slightly warm water and he immediately started to loosen up. We've made a little habitat for him inside, bringing him outside in it to bask in the sunlight in the morning. It's too dark to take good photos of him in his current habitat right now, but it's got a basking rock out of the water, a multi-bulb of blue water lilies from the pond and a couple small fish.

We usually don't see him much this time of year, unless it's warm enough for him to be basking. But, with the crazy weather we've been having this fall I'm pretty sure he was tired of colds and hots back and forth and was trying to leave.

Not sure how long we'll keep him in, probably some time in the next few days. But, I do know that that's the best photo we've ever gotten of him. When living outside in the pond he's quite elusive!

Update: We let him back into the pond the next day since it was a bit warmer. He was there for a few days and was last seen by our immediate next door neighbor jumping around property. We figure he might just be up for an adventure this winter, so we don't have any plans to search him out.

No comments: