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Hi everyone.  I’m back and so are the fish and frog after a long and rough winter.

This year was the easiest spring pond clean… all I did was scoop out the leaves, clean and start the waterfall pump.  I also added a barley bag (pictures to follow) and attached it under the waterfall out pour spot.  A few hours later I was amazed at how clear it looked, especially compared to how murky and messy it was when I started.  The following week I cleaned the water filter and will have to do that each week until I’m sure all the winter gunk is out and then I’ll clean it once a month or more as needed.

The fish were so happy and very active after the clean… before that I wasnt sure if they were even still around from the winter.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the frog stuck around after the cleaning and waterfall hook up.  I’ve read that frogs dont like the water movement or distractions… but this guy is still there.  Pictures to follow.

Back to enjoying my pond…

My Frog the Temperature Gauge

My Frog the Temperature Gauge

I call my frogs my temperature gauges.  They are never around in the cold or even just cooler weather.  As soon as the temperature warms up for more than a day… there they are.  It gets cooler again a day later and they’re gone until it warms up.  I find myself looking for the first siting of the frogs.  And today I found one and grabbed my camera to take the above picture.

Frogs have been around a long time…. at least 190 million years  when dinosaurs were wandering the Earth (during the Jurassic Period) that is a long time time. I’ve heard frogs referred to as living fossils from Earth’s past (sharks, alligators, crocodiles, and my favorite… dragonflies are other creatures that also fit this category.

Let’s see what else I remember about frogs from my college days…  Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb it through their skin… A group of frogs is called an army… some frogs act like possums and play dead to get away from predators… In North America, the Bullfrog is the biggest frog, they can weigh more than a pound and can live up to 30 years… Frogs have teeth only on their upper jaw and the roof of their mouth and they swallow their prey whole…  Frogs can jump more than 20 times the length of their body.  Frogs have round ears on the sides of their heads.

Ok that’s your lesson for today…lol  Thanks for stopping by.


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