Do you have one?
Most mornings before sunrise I go out with Bob, sit on the bench, and…
Talk to the frog.
Meanwhile, Bob is putting his things in his car, getting in and backing out the drive. We wave goodby and I go back in, but not before thanking the little green porch frog for a job well done.
Apparently, he eats A LOT of bugs in the night… just judging by the mess he leaves below. 😐
But I can’t complain, because he’s just so stinkin’ cute!
Well, I think he is.
34 thoughts on “Because everyone needs a good porch frog”
Mornin’… I talk to the frog (about the same size) that comes to visit with me in the laundry. He has a very piercing voice, but his comments are always brief and to the point!
Mine never says anything, Kate. He just stares at me with those dark eyes. Although, one morning I was coming in and turned in time to see him advancing quickly in my direction. I didn’t know he could move that fast! 😀
Our frog lives under the rose bush, and frogs are cute. I say Hi when I see him.
Nana Cathy, Do you have a little shelter there for it or does it just always stay there on its own? We have an abundance of frogs this year, but he is the only one that lets me see him out in the open. Gotta love them in any shape, size or color!
We don’t have a porch frog but we do have a terrace toad.
She’s enormous and is there at night hopefully eating the slugs, snails and other pests that trouble our pots of plants. I always worry about her because, last thing I do at night is let the dogs out for their (hopefully) final pee and they shoot out of the door to the terrace like bullets from a gun and I always worry she’ll be squished.
Lynn, I would worry too; do worry actually. My big dog likes to lick them. We think it gets him high. 😯 (Really. Look it up)
Enormous toads are so much fun… except when you don’t know they are there: Living in Long Beach, CA, I once heard footsteps advancing toward my bedroom window after dark. I thought I had a “Peeping Tom”! I called to my roommate and she and I went out to the side of the house to catch the culprit. There was no one there! Then the leaves started crunching again and we discovered 5 HUGE toads hopping around in the light from my window. I guess they were after the moths!?
we have one in our garage as well. wish it would get busy on the spiders in there. Good Morning to you.
Hello Margaret! Maybe the Frog and the Spiders have a pact to share all the bugs between them. 😉
Aren’t you lucky to have such a handsome fellow to share your porch with, Lynda! Adore tree frogs: )
And, now that I think about it, there’s a Stick Bug who’s been in residence on the back door screen, off and on through the summer. Front porch is totally the spiders’ domain; )
Deb, walkingsticks were a favorite in my classroom each year. Here is a poem I shared with my students when I brought them to school:
The Walkingstick, by Douglas Flourian
“The walking stick is thin, not thick,
And has a disappearing trick:
By looking like a twig or stalk,
It lives another day to walk.”
Here is a link to the book online, and if you scroll down you will see the illustration that goes with the poem. I love this book!
Thank you Lynda for such an awesome gift!
We don’t have those kinds of frogs in this neck of the woods, but we do have a lot of toads. I actually had one this spring that hopped up the steps and sat on the front porch all night. He sought shelter under the steps during the heat of day. I’m always thankful for the insect control they do. They ARE cute!!
Lori, they are aren’t they? We used to have toads here all the time, but I haven’t seen any in a really long time. They are either hiding skillfully, or the Frogs have chased them out’a town! BTW, I shared a little True Toad Tale above with TIALYS – Lynn. I hope you have a moment to read it too.
Julie, they are, aren’t they?
I’ve got a porch frog and praying mantis that are trying to come to a mutual understanding about the prime spot on the glass of my door. I’m trying to intervene only when tempers flare.
I know how aggressive a Praying Mantis can be… I’ve seen the video on Newsweek.
I’m glad you are there to intervene! 😯
Sad but true: My dad once tried to keep a rather large specimen for a pet. Well, he tried at any rate. I’m afraid it didn’t survive biting him on the thumb. 😦
Very adorable! We get toads and tiny little spring peepers on the porch, but never one of these. I am jealous of your porch frog.
I think he’s cute too.
Isn’t he, Tom? I know you have toads, but do you have frogs where you are as well?
Lots of them in the spring in our pond.
Toads are cute, but frogs are pretty. Yeah, I know… but that’s how I see it anyway. 😉
We have plenty of crickets and cicadas, but I’m not sure we have many frogs. But I’ve made the acquaintance of some like yours, and I have to agree: cute as the dickens. He’s much cuter than the lizards around here just now, but they get to stay, because they eat bugs, too.
Linda, let’s hear it for anything that eats nasty bugs for us! I’m guessing you have the Alligator and Western Fence varieties? I used to love those blue and yellow belly types. Here we have the Broad-Headed Skink (aka: Five lined skink, Blue tailed skink). Their name does not do them justice! They are quite beautiful!
Linda, I don’t know what is going on with the wickipedia share link, the picture just won’t show, but if you click on the “broken link” image it will take you to a good photo of this lovely lizard.
This summer we have had one living in the siding by our bedroom window. Every once in a while I see him fly out from under to grab a tasty morsel. He’s lovely in the sunlight!
Pfffft! Now that isn’t even showing! Look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plestiodon_fasciatus
That is an adorable frog, and I’m so glad that you have a guardian frog!
I read this offline, but the email notifications don’t show images, so I waited til online to see that great frog!
Now if I can hold that smile – am on my way to the museum and the printer’s – one hour and two hours away, and a parade has slowed my itinerary.. but that’s ok, as there was time to leave a smoke signal here!
Well, we don’t have porch frogs; we have swimming pool frogs! Every spring (I think it too hot outside, so they like to take an early morning dip). 😀
LOL! They visit the goose-wading pool when it is dark here… I always check in the morning to get them out before the geese are let out for the day. I’ve told them that not everything green is edible, but will they listen? No. 😯
I had a porch frog one night…or actually a porch toad.
It was raining so hard he was sitting on the threshold of the front door, which was a little drier place to be.
Mary, don’t you just love living in a place where nature comes to visit right on your doorstep? We never had that in SoCal. Well, with the exception of a family of raccoons that were the size of Beagles! We found them when we came home late one night. I never thought they could grow THAT big. 😯
I had that when I lived in Virginia on an 1 1/2 acres. Now I am in a place where the houses are about 10 feet apart on the sides–and it is not the same.. I do see an occasional creature (like the toad that was trying to get out of the rain) but it is not like before. One day here, I had a black tarantula at the back door. That was very interesting! Something I had definitely not seen before. Not in Virginia!
No, I never knew about tarantulas in Virginia either. I had seen them in the desert SW but didn’t imagine them here in the eastern states. I think that is really cool! I like tarantulas, well, to look at, but not to touch. 😉