Catching Frogs and Toads

It all started this past Spring. Frog Fever, that is.

The Guys and I were enjoying a family walk in the woods and came upon a vernal pool filled with frog eggs. The next day we had a frog habitat set up in our house, complete with swirling mosquito larvae (I’ll get to those buggers later).

For the next few weeks, we read every children’s book from our local library about frogs. We did frog craft upon frog craft. Colin learned about life cycles and mating (and of course, there is a funny story there that I will be happy to share when 5 people comment below AND share this blog post on their Facebook Page!). All the while, patiently waiting for our frog eggs to hatch.

We never did get to see them hatch – we had to move away for Todd’s new job. So back into the vernal pool they went. But the mosquito larvae . . . let’s just say, they grew up real fast. Thankfully, they floated on top of the water while transforming. I scooped them up with a spoon and dropped them outside before they could find us!

Owen has become our resident frog and toad catcher at camp. He even won 3rd place in a local frog jumping competition! The little boy has it down to an art form.

Step 1: Observe your surroundings. Look for bubbles, tiny frog eyes poking out of the water, and sudden movements or splashes. It is helpful to have an older brother spot them for you.

Step 2: Shout, “Owen! Come here quick! I found one!”

Step 3: Enjoy the chase! Shoes and clothes will get wet and muddy. Frogs will hide and hop. Small children and grown-ups alike will screech, giggle, and run!

Step 4: Catch the frog. Owen prefers to use the “single-handed quick slick frog pick-up trick.” He reaches into the water, grabs a frog, then carefully cups his free hand over the top.

Step 5: Smile big! You just caught a frog.

Step 6: Show your frog your appreciation for its time by making it Captain of a ship.

Step 7: Gently release your frog back to its home. NOT. LIKE. THIS.

Step 8: Find more frogs and repeat Steps 1-7. Frog catching is good for your soul!

11 thoughts on “Catching Frogs and Toads

  1. We could not find a SINGLE pond, puddle or anything to catch frogs or tadpoles from, this past spring. It was just too dry 😦 I cna’t wait to try again, next year.

    • Oh! That’s 5 Facebook shares! Here’s the story . . . We were snuggling before bedtime while reading a book about – you guessed it – frogs. The tiny chapter on mating showed a picture of a smaller frog on the back of a larger frog doing what frogs do in the Spring. The next pictures were of frog eggs and tadpoles. Colin turned to me with this “aha!” expression on his face and asked, “Is that how Owen and I were made? Daddy climbed on you and gave you a hug, like the frogs do?” I know I started giggling, but stopped when I noticed how serious he was. “Was I made with a hug, Mommy?” he asked again. I replied, “Colin. You were made with a great big hug full of love! The kind of hug that only Daddies and Mommies can give each other!” He smiled, looked satisfied, and we went back to reading.

      I’m hoping (oh goodness, I’m hoping!) that we don’t talk again about mating again, say, for another 5 or 6 years!

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