It’s Tree Frog Hatching Time Again

by updated 2011/06/29

Every year we try to make a short hike up to the top of a table rock near here to see the tree frogs making their way from the top down to the trees. After a wet winter and spring, the top of these table rocks have many vernal pools on them. The tree frogs from the surrounding, lower, woods make their way up to the ponds to breed. Soon there are tadpoles by the millions and then baby frogs by the tens of thousands. The babies need to make a mile or so trip back to the forested slopes where they spend the summer so you have to be very careful when hiking the rocks not to step on them. I have posted photos in the past, but here are a couple more.

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1 Binky

That’s pretty neat. A mile trip for those little guys? That must be like 50 miles for us.
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2 Will

Or maybe 100 miles! Cloning Wombats eh? I am not sure I am brave enough to read about that!

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3 Jan

That’s amazing. My sister and I built a house and put in a very small pond which became home to hundreds of these little fellas. I don’t know where they go in winter as it gets pretty cold compared to summer but they all come back. That would be an amazing sight to see them migrating, I love frogs and have quite a collection of ornaments (I collect cats and frogs).
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4 Will

I have heard that they pretty much hibernate under mud and rocks in the winter. Some find deep crevices in trees to overwinter. Then in the early spring the adults reverse their trip back up to the vernal pools, and do the egg thing that frogs do. Then it starts all over. The one thing I do not know is what happens to those adults. I am not sure if their life cycle is just the one year or if they go back down to the woods.

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5 Jan

Back then we really lived in the burbs (suburbs) but we had a quarter of an acre so there were lots of native trees and large stones and bark, so maybe that’s where they went. We also used to have a couple of those enormous tree frogs and when it rained one used to sit on the roof and one on the fence and they called to one another in very deep, resonating tones. I don’t know what has happened to them since the drought though. I’m pretty sure they used to live in one of the drains but they are beautiful creatures. They grow as large as a man’s fist or larger.
I used to know somebody who bred frogs and he told me that they go back to where they were born to breed, so wherever they go they obviously come back to do as nature intended!
Glad to hear your tooth is improving as well!!
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6 Steve

cool Will,
We’ve got a bucket in the backyard with some tadpoles (and moss) from our nearby creek. We’re going to watch the tadpoles sprout legs and turn into frogs, then we’ll put them back. Very fun for the kids.
Steve
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7 Will

We tried that years ago Steve. But the lake we got the tadpoles from was too far away to change the water every day and we only ended up committing tadpolicide. It was sort of traumatic for the youngsters so we never tried again. We really like seeing these frogs every year though.

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8 Tony McGurk

It’s so tiny. Green Tree Frogs are my favourite of all frogs. They are such cute little critters. Tadpolicide, great word Will, you should copyright it.

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9 Anna

That is so cool Will.
I like Green frogs.
Anna :)
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