Saturday, April 17, 2010

Frogs and Toads

I have always had a fascination with frogs and toads. .... just indulge me for a minute....Here I am playing with a toad.... I used to dress them up in Barbie clothes..... Now that I am older, and know better (the declining frog and toad populations are worrisome) , I just look at them. Last year we raised tadpoles into toads in my classroom. (this year will be butterflies -- I don't do the same thing two years in a row because I generally carry the Junior Kindergarten students through Senior Kindergarten i.e. I have them with me for 2 years.

If you look closely -- or click on the picture to enlarge it -- you will see the string of eggs around this frog. I'm not sure if the eggs belong to this frog or not..... You don't often see toads in the water (they live on land after they mature from tadpole to toad). These toads have returned to the water to mate and lay eggs. See the puffed up neck? This male toad was making a trilling/peeping sound -- it's what they do to attract females. It's usually done at night, but they were out in full force during the day. (I took these photos a few weeks ago at a pond in London, Ontario)I can't wait to see the tadpoles!


natalea said...

my parents had a toad that insisted on leaving all its "Eggs" or whatever they are...sperm... I don't know! in their pool. They got rid of the toad 4 times, and he kept returning! or she...whatever! it's all weird to me! I'm a bit creeped by them!

A bird in the hand said...

I used to "raise" tadpoles in a jar when I was a child! I love frogs and toads too (and never ever would I eat a frog's legs -- mon Dieu, quelle horreur!).

Colette xoxox

Pilar said...

That is such an adorable picture of you and your froggie friend. I have such fond memories of going down to the local creek and scooping up tadpoles and watching them change. When they became little frogs we would release them back at the creek. It is such a wonderful experience for a child to see life transform right in front of them. Your students are very lucky!

Irene said...

I love these guys too! Ms. Brown where do you release your butterflies. I'm so glad you do this, this is one of the things my boys both remember, I do too, since we then had to plant a garden to house the newly released butterflies.

Joanne Huffman said...

Very cool photos. I have happy memories of watching eggs turn into tadpoles and then letting the frogs/toads loose in the nearby swampy woods when I was in elementary school.

Anonymous said...

Do you know what kind of toad this actually is? Could it be found in the States?