One of the Green Anoles witnessed me watering my plants when it was 100 deg out and needed in on the action. He flopped out of the bush (while brown) and started licking the dead leaves. I switched the hose to mist and sprayed him, while he happily soaked it up, licked more leaves, and showed off his neck frill while he turned green (yes they change color!). Very cute.
A record-breaking, 10-inch-long whopper of a bullfrog tadpole was discovered by a crew of ecologists in a pond in Arizona.
The biggest tadpole ever found—at a whopping 10 inches long—was discovered
by a crew of ecologists in a pond in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona. Alina Downer, an intern at the American Museum of Natural
History’s Southwestern Research Station, came across the monster
bullfrog tadpole as her crew was draining a manmade pond as part of a
habitat restoration project for the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog.
As the water level lowered, Downer
and her colleagues were assessing what organisms were left in the muddy
shallows that she likened to “chocolate soup.” Downer says, “I was
fishing around with my hands while walking in the water, and I felt
something large, smooth, and wriggly—which was unexpected, since the
only other fish in the pond were about an inch long.”
an avid naturalist, Downer’s first instinct was curiosity. “At first I
thought it was a giant catfish,” she says, grinning at the uncanny
memory. “Whatever it was, I knew I had to grab it.” She herded the slippery creature into shallower water until she could capture it. To her surprise, it turned out to be “an enormous monster of a tadpole”—so
big she had to hold it with two hands…
My back yard apparently has very good yelp reviews, because every Green Anole in the neighborhood comes here to sleep in my trees and bushes. Sometimes they are absolutely ridiculous. I mean, who sleeps standing up????
My friends, allow me to introduce you to BioQuip. They are the place where you buy entomology supplies, such as UV lights to attract moths, enclosures to raise caterpillars, sweep nets to find what critters are in tall grasses (spoiler alert: grasshoppers).
I have this one. On the top row, there are two bees. On the bottom row, there is a fly mimic and a sphinx moth. (Or, not two bees).
I don’t have this one (but I wants it)
You know those tacky sweatshirts from the 90’s that had three cats or dogs on the front, and their butts on the back? (Or am I just old now?). WELL you can have that with arthropods!
Like beetles? How about roaches? Here you go!
Or display your general love for our small friends with a “Sex, Bugs, and Rock ‘n Roll” shirt.
Not really into bugs? More of a lizard person? WELL friend they have some herp shirts too, like these chameleons! They say there are five in this, but I think they’re joking.
Anyway I have ALSO found the kids clothes at Target (of all places) to reliably have some good sciency animal/nature/bug shirts. If you are a smaller size human, the larger kid’s sizes might fit you.
And I am utterly devastated that the shop selling the “Don’t tread on me” shirt (with a SNAKEfly omg genius) is closed and those shirts are unavailable. Like, this shirt is the best thing ever and I NEED IT so bad:
Hey friends I just found a puddle full of tadpoles and frog eggs, the puddle has been here for about a week from a heavy downpour but it’s shrinking and I’m thinking of catching as many tadpoles as I can and releasing them into a pond. Good idea?
@nanofishology do you know anything about frogs and tadpoles and such?
I don’t know too much but I would try to find a spot that replicates their puddle as best as possible. Don’t relocate to just any pond, if it’s a big deep pond, then lots of fish will just eat them. A marshy area (including shallow areas of larger ponds) is likely better. Tadpoles aren’t the best swimmers.
I’ve seen lots of tadpoles in what seemed like temporary puddles and ditches, and it’s amazing how fast they can grow. BUT sometimes their timing is off and they need a little help.