I got back from Brisbane yesterday after visiting for one week. I am now safely back home at the Frog Lodge in our small town on the shores of Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Yes, that is what we call our house – the Frog Lodge.
You may have noticed there are not so many frogs around anymore. There has been an alarming reduction in frog populations around the world, including Australia. They absorb air and water through their skin, so are easily affected by pollution. Humans have polluted the air, the water and the land. Frogs are also affected by loss of habitat.
If you are lucky enough to have a lot of frogs near where you live, you know that the local environment is quite healthy. Listen for the croaks after the heavy rains arrive. Conditions are good for mating when it rains, so the males are quick to take the opportunity for a slimy embrace as soon as they feel the water on their backs. Generally only the males croak and they do it to attract female frogs for breeding. The croak also warns other male frogs to stay away.
There are still lots of frogs where we live and there were when we moved here about 3 years ago. But we love them so much that we have done a few things to attract even more frogs to our home.
Here is the Frog Fast Food Factory. When we put the bug-catcher on at night the frogs come over for a party.
Here is the frog pond designed and built by my better half Andrew (also known as Shirl). I feel it’s a work of art and am in awe of such an accomplishment. I wouldn’t even know where to start on building such a thing.
Andrew goes toad hunting regularly (toads are an introduced species and need to be destroyed!) to remove the toads from the area around the pond. If my son Michael hears the call of the toad he gets very upset, especially late at night, and immediate action is required.
Here is some things you can do to help save frogs.
Ps. If you pick up a frog, make sure you wash your hands first. They will absorb whatever is on your skin.