small frogs

The long sunlight is golden
On the deep green grass & bright
Red flowers of the meadow.
I stop where a meander
Of the brook forms a deep pool.
The water is greenish brown,
But perfectly transparent.
A small dense cloud of hundreds
Of midges, no bigger than
My head, hovers over it.
On the bank are two small frogs.
In the water are beetles,
Hydras, water bugs, larvae
Of several insects. […]
I realize that the color
Of the water itself is
Due to millions of active
Green flecks of life. It is like
Peering into an inkspot,
And finding yourself staring
Out into the Milky Way.
The deep reverberation
Of my identity with
All this plenitude of life
Leaves me shaken & giddy.
I step softly across the
Meadows as the deer lift their
Antlers and idly watch me.
—  Kenneth Rexroth, from “Time is the Mercy of Eternity,” The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (Copper Canyon Press, 2004)
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Happy 5th Birthday Stickyfrogs! 😊🎉🎈🐸🐸🐸🐸🎁🎊😊
The Stickyfrogs have had a wonderful party today to celebrate their 5th Birthday!
Everyone had an exciting party hat!
They got a special giant frog card from the small frogs!
And Barry gave them a rock on behalf of the Pobblebonks!
The Stickyfrogs had a wonderful time and finished off the day with some Birthday treaties!

i love you all so much

No pet is an easy pet.

Starting to get increasingly annoyed with people comparing hedgehogs to other small mammals like gerbils, hamsters, etc., even when they’re trying to use it as an argument that hedgehogs are higher maintenance. Yes, hedgehogs might need more equipment due to heating needs. But no, hamsters & gerbils aren’t “easy” pets either. They’re just much more common and the neglect and misinformation given out for them is much more widely accepted & ignored.

No pet is an easy pet.

Every animal has specific care needs. Every animal needs the proper enclosure, the proper handling and attention, and proper diet. Some are easier than others. Some might work better for a person’s schedule than others. All of them need to be researched for, all of them need their enclosure set up appropriately, all of them need some kind of continuing care & attention.

None of them are “easy”. If you want easy, get a stuffed animal or a pet rock.

Helmeted water toad (Calyptocephalella gayi)

The helmeted water toad is found in central Chile, and possibly adjacent west-central Argentina. This very large toad weighs up to 0.5 kg. It is aquatic and found in deep ponds and small reservoirs. It is threatened by capture for human consumption, habitat loss, pollution, and introduced trout. It can reach a snout–to-vent length of up to 12 cm in males and 32 cm in females. Their food in the tadpole stage is vegetation. Adults vary their diets to live animal prey, feeding on fish, invertebrates, small birds, small mammals and frogs.

photo credits: José Grau de Puerto Montt

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A small selection of the frogs I photographed in Marojejy, NE Madagascar in 2016. Click the photo to see the species name.

Photos by Mark D. Scherz © 2016.

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Would you smooch a frog?

Small GT comic I’ve been working on a while! I thought of this a few weeks ago and I’ve finally finished it! I’m testing out colour theory and how long it takes me to draw these panel type things.
Have a good day/night!

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New frogs! Presenting Beepers, Qubit, and Sweet Clyde

They are southern leaf green tree frogs (Litoria nudidigita) found in east Victoria and up the coast of NSW to Sydney. This species was relatively recently split from the very similar L. phyllochroa.

These small frogs breed in rocky streams and prefer cooler climates. They have a sweet two-part call and can change colour from dark green-brown to bright light green depending on mood, exposure and temperature.