Recently, we discovered an entirely new class of animals has taken up residence in our pet zoo: frogs! At least, one frog. We only ever see one at a time. He likes to hang out in the filter of the duck pond, looking for flies and fly larvae, I suppose. After research, I think it is a Levantine frog. We are so pleased to have attracted this cute visitor!
Amfibian numbers all over the world are in decline. It is no different in Israel. I remember constantly finding frogs and toads in the fields and in the garden – especially when the sprinklers were on. I knew a dog once who lost part of her tongue because she licked a poisonous toad. Now, I have hardly seen any frogs at all for several years. So it is very, very nice to see this prince-in-disguise 🙂
I am now worrying about emptying and cleaning the pool! Also, I don’t think it would be possible for them to establish a population – ducks and chickens would immediately eat any eggs and tadpoles. In fact, I’m surprised they haven’t eaten the frog. I hope they won’t discover him. Maybe we should make a special, secure little pond for the frogs..?? Thinking about it!