The vertical pipes on our habitat fences aren’t capped at the top, and some rather large tree frogs have decided those pipes make good homes. Even frogs that live in other spots seem to treat the pipes as a clubhouse during the day, since they can find safety from predators and shade there, and moisture likely collects near the bottom. Sometimes when we drive by the fences at night, we will see a frog hanging out on top of every 3rd or 4th fence pipe.
The frogs make a bullfrog-type call and it echoes in the pipes, which amplify the sound. Many of them often begin announcing their presence as the sun retreats, right around dinnertime, and the noise caught Mara’s attention one evening. She looked a bit sideways at where the sound was coming from and checked it out a bit – but decided it wasn’t worth worrying about. It is all part of the natural orchestra that is part of the sanctuary – elephants, parrots, roosters and, yes, giant frogs.
Photo of Scott holding a medium-sized toad. Similar in size to the tree frogs.