We’ve been a little overrun by frogs here recently. We began noticing it a few months ago as we offered the girls the hose at the 4B water trough. We heard this little frog noise, kind of like a “whomp, whomp” sound. We looked around and realized it was coming from inside the fence tubes. We were concerned a frog had fallen in a pipe and went on a search to find (and rescue) whomever. Of course, sound travels oddly in steel piping. Eventually, we gave up on finding the little friend.
Then we started to hear the sound from inside the pipes more and more frequently. Eventually, we found one and realized it was a tree frog, who are able to come and go as they please with their little sticky toe pads.
These tree frogs usually sleep on trees during the day and are somewhat camouflaged by the bark. Their natural predators are birds of prey – like owls, and also our chickens. Apparently, the clever frogs learned that they don’t get eaten if they sleep in the pipes during the day instead of in the open. The frogs come out to eat when they are hungry.
Now, when we go along the fences, we see these frogs every few feet. We aren’t sure how the knowledge spread, but they are multiplying!
The clever tree frogs aren’t the only frogs that call the sanctuary home. We have quite a few charming frog species here, including those you hear in the video below. Scott joking calls them “NASCAR frogs” because they sound like cars zooming around a racetrack.
Video of Rana by the pond in Yard 4. Sound on to hear the frogs!