With the rain dying down at last (yay finally) the water in the puddles are going down and the land is drying up.
The Aussie was sorting out the water at the boar this afternoon and when he came back in he asked if I had seen the puddle behind one of the cars. I’d seen it had gone down earlier but he suggested I go take a look.
When I got there it looked like there were rain drops falling in to the puddle but when I looked closer I saw that there are lots and lots of tadpoles swimming around and having a generally good time in the puddle!.
They looked pretty cute seeing as they are tadpoles and some looked quite developed so they’ve obviously been living in the puddle for a while now.
The only problem is that we have both Green Tree Frogs and Cane Toads living around the house and we’re not sure which they are.
Green Tree Frogs
Photo from the Australian Museum
Wikipedia explains that the green tree frog is larger than most Australian frogs, reaching 10 cm in length. Green tree frogs are docile and well suited to living near human dwellings. They are often found on windows or inside houses, eating insects drawn by the light. The green tree frog screams when it is in danger to scare off its foe, and squeaks when it is touched.
I also found that when one visited us recently, that they pee or spray you when you get too close and when its mating season (which might explain the tadpoles) they are so so noisy its like an alarm clock that won’t stop.
Image from Kimberley Toad Busters
Again back to Wikipedia who explains that the cane toad is an invasive species in Australia. Their size may vary from 15–23 cm.and their skin is warty. The coloration on their back and sides may vary from olive-brown or reddish-brown, gray, and yellow while their bellies are semi-yellow or semi-white with darker mottling. Their body is round and flat, has prominent corneal crests, and light middorsal stripes. They produce a milky toxic secretion or poison that is dangerous to many species of animals.
So as you can see Cane Toads are not such a good thing and are actually quite bad for the local creatures who would probably die if they tried to eat one. They also sit in the roads most nights making driving down in the dark quite gross as you try and dodge them (even though you know they shouldn’t be in Australia it still makes you feel bad for them because its also not their fault they jump up at the car as you go past making the most disgusting sound ever.
Fingers crossed its the very cute green tree frog rather than the Cane Toad living in our puddle.
Here’s a little vidoe I took when I visited Darwin last time sat on my towel!