Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More Critters

I guess this blog is mostly a taste of "nature" more often than not blog. I live in Louisiana. It's probably impossible to NOT notice all the natural flora and fauna around here. It's close to 7:00 pm here and I noticed "something" oddly shaped on one of the front windows. The shape didn't look like a pair of "love bugs" that have been harassing everyone around here for the past few weeks. I don't know how they manage to survive all the disastrous love-bug genocide that seems to be going on wherever a vehicle traverses this part of the country. They are EVERYWHERE! They covered my white blossomed butterfly plants, the humming bird feeders, the windows, windshields, vehicle grills, headlights, and on and on. They're a huge pest. But I digress. The critter on the window didn't look familiar in size and shape. Of course, I don't believe I had on my glasses either . . . and I was half way across the room.

So I snatched up my glasses, slapped them across my eyes and walked closer to the front window. I was really surprised to find a tiny little tree frog. It was actually OUTSIDE. And I placed the end of my index finger against the window to gauge it's size. About the same size of my finger--nail tip to first joint--less than one inch. Poor fella (or gal--I don't know how to determine gender) is sooooooooooo skinny. Looks like a new one to me. Its little tiny "fingers" were so fine I didn't even see the little suction cup ends.

It was apparently hungry--gee! No surprise! Poor thing WAS very skinny! I watched as it tried to snag a mosquito. (Darn! I wish it had gotten that bug! We have way too many of their nasty kind right now. Guess they followed the two hurricanes we've had close by.) Nonetheless, this little amphibian was very energetic and moved all over the place. That didn't assist my photo taking desires, as you can imagine. But I did manage to capture a few fotos. Tell me what you think. Will it stick around and eat tons of mosquitoes, per my request? Or will it keep moving along and look for greener (huh?) pastures? Will it get fattened up in the near future? Will it find its way into my house, looking at the shefflera plant?

Did I mention that we have my daughter's house cat visiting for a yet-to-be-determined period of time? Daphne has shown some distinct interest in the happenings of the shefflera pot.



Since the sun is about gone, this little guy/gal looks to be black. Don't be fooled. It's a rather froggy green. Kermit, are you close by to verify?
There, see for yourselves. It is green.

Ah! Better lighting--clearer view of the GREEN!



Isn't this just cute? (Though skinny.)
P.S. This picture shows him pretty much life size. I measured with my finger. That's how tiny he really is. (At least on my monitor!)

6 comments:

Mary Paddock said...

I'll bet he sticks around. It's jus a matter of time until he snags a bug or two and begins to put on weight. :)

Debby said...

Or you can just wait until he turns 40. Then it just happens. Magic, I guess.

Pencil Writer said...

Well, Mary, you're right. At least for now. He's still here, high atop the window. And Debby, I hadn't actually thought of that. Does it work on frogs like people? And do they stick around that long? Kermit has, so maybe . . .

jeanie said...

I hope he grows and hops out of the cats claws of curiosity...

Pencil Writer said...

No fears, Jeanie--the cat, Daphne, is strictly indoors--was declawed some years ago because she must stay indoors--so froggie may grow and grow. I did notice another, larger tree frog in the window pane next to yesterday's discovered little amphibian. I no not whether the new frog is friend, competition, or family. It is, however, about 4 times the size of yesterday's little fellow. Maybe they won't come to blows over territory and all that. Maybe they'll both (hopefully) eat their ever-lovin' fill of all the mosquitos, and even a few the the dastard love-bugs while they're working on filling their bellies. I'll make sure they understand my wishes tomorrow. I'm too tired to night, and I'm working on another project this evening.

Pencil Writer said...

I'm must be getting tired. I should have said, "I know not" rather than, "I no not". I am tired.