Friday, September 4, 2015

Frogs, Toads and Snakeskin

Just a few more impromptu cell phone shots of critters hanging nearby.

First, a tree frog that hung around the front porch for a few days, often hiding inside the plastic watering can I kept on hand for the front flowers.

 
Some more tree frogs clinging to the sliding glass doors after one good rainfall last month.
Two


Three at once.
 
A skin shed by a snake, left by the barn doorway. It's really quite fascinating.


And a huge Texas Toad inside the barn. Adorable!


I would have picked her up, but I didn't want her to piddle on me. :)
Linking to Saturday's Critters

152 comments:

joeh said...

Now I have that Jim Stafford song in my head "I don't like spiders and snakes."

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The frogs were cute, but the toad is adorable!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I used to love frogs when I was a kid! Rarely see them anymore. I like that big TX toad!!

Sally said...

We've had a few of the little rain frogs as you can imagine. But, no I wouldn't have wanted to hold the bigger one either; from what I've heard all my life, they can cause warts. But, who really know? :)

Judy said...

That is a big toad for sure. I love the shots of them on the window.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a fun post for the day -- as always!! I do love all your critters!! And thanks, as always, for sharing the fun!! Have a great weekend!!

Red said...

You have all kinds of wonderful critters at your place.

Blondie's Journal said...

I find this sort of thing fascinating although I rarely have a camera ready. Great!

Jane x

Annette Mickelson said...

Love the frogs and the toad. ...the snake skin not so much.

CountryMum said...

Now that is a huge toad!! Love your little frogs.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So many interesting critters there! That is one big toad! Haven't seen one around here in a long time.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely! I think that is a Cope's Gray Treefrog and a Texas Toad.

I can assure anyone who is worried that picking up toads does not lead to warts, although they generally will piddle on you for the indignity.
~

S. J. Qualls said...

I love the little tree frogs - why do they go up on the windows anyway? Are they delusional or ? I get them quite often, the bugs walk or fly right in front of them and they don't seem interested, so ???
Nice long snake skin. I have yet to see one coming out of his old 'coat'.
Nice fat toad!

messymimi said...

Love frogs! And yes, i've been piddled on, so i don't pick them up unless it's to get them out of danger.

When we were kids and had pet snakes, a shed skin was dropped by the front door when the garbage was being taken out. A worker coming to the house to paint told us, "One of your snakes been undressing by the front door!"

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shots of your series of critters.

mick said...

The frogs are cute! I'm glad the snake was already out of its skin! And the toad I would leave alone! The toads around here are very poisonous so I keep well away from them! A very interesting series of photos.

Nancy J said...

Lovely frogs, snake skin is OK as it's empty, but the toad, just a miserable...maybe!!! You are so brave to have your hand so close.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Tree frogs clinging to the sliding glass doors photos gave me smile after lunch :-) Oh,the skin shed by a snake would be really scared me just to know snake was close by(#^.^#)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Ms. A said...

My sister would FREAK OUT, she hates frogs of any kind!

Love that you said piddle. Haven't heard that term in ages!

Lynne said...

I liked the slip, sliding away of the one, two, three . . .
Imagine shedding that skin . . .
Chubby toad wouldn't have been as cute if there had been a "piddle!"

Paul said...

Ha ha, you know it's raining when... Love the pictures of the tree frogs on your sliding glass door!

Margaret Adamson said...

Great captures of the frogs and toads Tex. Very interesting to see the details on the snake skin but where is the snake now???? Have a lovely weekend.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Aww...they are so cute! I love the frog toes. And the snakeskin is so cool.
Thanks, T.!

Gosia k said...

lovely photos. I am afraid of froigs and toads. The skin is so long. Love from Poland

Midmarsh John said...

All our frogs seem to stay firmly on the ground. Fascinating to see one climbing glass.

NatureStop said...

Just loved your post..the fascinating frogs and the skin shedded by the snake. Will be back soon!

Have a great weekend!

Shantana

Marit Sønstebø said...

Very cute frogs and toads! They are so sweet, and lovely photos of them :)

Stewart M said...

That snake skin is a good find - but I really like the frogs on the windows.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Tex, this little frog on your hand is a true beauty.
Have a nice weekend.
Greetings from Poland.
Lucia

stardust said...

Nice to know frogs and toads around you. How cute they are! It’s a pity that frogs are disappearing worldwide.

Yoko

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Ironically, I have frogs and snakes for my critter post too.

LOVED the glass pane photos today!! Those are incredible.

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos and I particularly loved the artsy look of the frogs on the glass. The snake skin was also fascinating.

Ela said...

These are so adorable little frogs !!
Fantastic pictures of frogs on the glass!
Have a happy weekend !

Sandra said...

the first one wins cutest award, the toad i just love even though she piddles and my favorite photos are the ones with the rain frog in the rain. so beautiful

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Exquisite textures on the frogs skin !

Lori Leigh said...

I've never seen a frog cling to a window like that before....interesting.

krayolakris said...

I love to see the tree frogs on my deck doors too. You can see their little hearts..so sweet.

Revrunner said...

Must have been a very good summer for these critters.

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely photos of the frogs, especially on the glass. I had one jump out of one of my watering cans onto my hand when I picked the can up...scared us both to pieces.

Dicky Bird said...

I love the pictures - especially the tree frog on the wet glass - that IS a Texas size frog!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Loving your tree frogs and toad!!
You have a great cell phone!!
My poor camera is feeling so neglected!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Oh how cute the little tree frogs are. The Texas toad is a cutie too. I have seen those snake skins in my garden now and then too. It is always fascinating to see. I'd rather see that then the snake inside the skin. LOL
Have a nice holiday weekend. cm

DJan said...

I never thought I would agree that a toad can be adorable, but she really is. And that snakeskin is definitely fascinating. Amazing how those frogs can climb slick stuff in the rain. :-)

Barb Brookbank said...

Beautiful! having lots of frogs and toads indicate a healthy environment.

Primitive Stars said...

Wonderful froggy pictures, and that toad is huge!!!!!! Blessings Francine

don said...

A fascinating series on your nearby frogs. I can't imagine how the cling to plastic like that. The Texas frog needed your hand for us to understand its size.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Tex, I love all your froggies. They all look so cute stuck to the door. What kind of snake skin was that, looks big. The toad is a little chunky. Great captures! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

William Kendall said...

That toad is huge!

Wayne said...

I admit, it would be interesting the see frogs climbing up my patio door. I think the snakeskin would be a great subject for macro photos.

Birdman said...

Being piddled upon is not a fun time.

Linda Kay said...

You have so many critters there on the ranch! Cute little toads.

Christine said...

The rain really did bring out the frogs! Wonder why they love clinging to your slider doors? Great shots of them there, though!

LV said...

Do not see many of these critters around now, but played with them when growing up. However, we had plenty of snake skins around, but my dad tried to find the snakes. I do not like them.Piddle makes warts, so don't pick them up.

Magia da Inês said...


Bonitas fotos.

-`✿´-
✿ Bom fim de semana!
-`✿´- Beijinhos.

Stephen Hayes said...

I've always been partial to frogs. Had one as a pet growing up, until it ran away.

Gert said...

The tree frog is cute...the snake not so much...lol I don't think I've ever seen a tree frog before....but Tom has! Love how they clung to your patio door! Lol

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

luv dem critters

Terry and Linda said...

Spiders and snakes, toads and frogs...the world is full of such wonderful things!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

troutbirder said...

Must have been one big snake!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Frogs and toads are some of my favorite things.. Tree frogs and toads, especially. We have had a tree frog on our front porch this past week or so.. making such loud noise.. I love it! Especially love those shots of them on your glass door in the rain!

Mary Kirkland said...

That snake sin was really interesting. Loved the silly frogs on the window.

Mama Zen said...

I love the little tree frogs!

RedPat said...

Lovely little frogs, Tex! And one giant toad!!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The frogs are so cute. How do you know the toad is a "she"? The snake skin is a keeper. Rarely have I come across one complete. Sinbad once found one for me deep inside a sagebrush but it was impossible to remove with breaking it.

Rita said...

I love all kinds of tree frogs and toads! Snake skins are actually beautiful in their own way--rather see the skin close up than the snake--LOL! Although we had garter snakes growing up in Minnesota that were not poisonous and I picked up a lot of baby garter snakes out of our window wells when I was a kid (and yellow spotted salamanders who got lost, too). :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Toads and frogs make me happy, they are so cute!

Pom Pom said...

Such cute creatures, TexWis!
We rarely see frogs. I like them.
Snakes always give me the shivers, even just their skins.

Mari said...

That's pretty Big toad, and the snake wow skinning off right there. Those froggies clinging on the glass door look kinda funny.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa - brilliant photos ... loved them all and can quite 'see' the frogs slip sliding down the glass being soaked by more rain ... while the toads and snake skin ... I've seen snake skins when I was growing up .. but not quite as long as that - and no doubt a different variety! Cheers - Hilary

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Haha! Those ones on the doors are hilarious! Walking on air

Rajesh said...

I would not dare to hold them in my hands.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Absolutely love this post, TexWis! Tree frogs clinging to your patio door. How cool is that? And staying long enough in your hand to get a photograph. Again, my definition of cool :) Also agree the snake skin is fascinating. And beautiful! Can't leave out the toad, either. Lovely critters, all!

Jan said...

We've been overrun with Texas Toads this year! They are cute!

Montanagirl said...

Nice job on the froggies!

Paula said...

The frogs seem to be enjoying the rain on your sliding doors. If it would rain here I would climb a door in it too.

Miss Val's Creations said...

The frogs are so cute clinging to the glass! I have never seen them do that before. Snake skin is amazing. We had a skin in our yard last summer and I was really intrigued by the markings.

Laura. M said...

Good hunting Teresa;))
Have a good day weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

interesting! I did not know some frogs could climb glass windows before. Only thought lizards could. I learned something today :)

Rose said...

Oh, I love these critters! Love toads and tree frogs. I have not seen a single tree frog this year, so wonderful to see that they do exist somewhere!

Barb said...

If you're giving out froggy kisses, you must have a lot of princes around! I bet you have to be careful where you walk after a rain.

Kovács Miklós said...

Nice macros but I don't like frogs...

Anvilcloud said...

I see that you aren't at all squeamish.

Ruth Hiebert said...

You are much braver than I would be.I am not afraid of frogs and such,but really have no need to touch them.Yes,they are kinda cute,in their own way.

Brk Trt said...

Toads are the coolest.

Brian King said...

You seem to have plenty of frogs and toads! Maybe that's why the snake outgrew its skin. :-)

Munir said...

I have to admit. Today's post gave me the Hee Bee Jee Bees

Justin Carfagnini said...

Whoa! That toad is huge!!

Marie C said...

The frogs are so cute! Great snakeskin....and I love that huge toad!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

There is something so cute about the tree frogs, but that snake skin, I'll admit, makes me a little nervous....Where's the snake? :-)

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

Maggid said...

Ha!!! My cousins enjoyed tormenting each other with frogs . . until the day My older cousin grabbed the largest toad he'd even seen to slip into his sister's bed - the dang thong pee'd all over him - and that was the end of "Frog Wars"

Hannah said...

Your tree frogs are so cute, Theresa, I've never seen them sticking to the window, though they do like to hang out on my deck in watered plants or potting soil. The toad is so adorable, I really miss them from Texas, there are no toads here. I would pick him up anyways... at arm's length. I only have garter snakes here so if I find a skin, I know what it was.

Max said...

Wonderful frogs! I like it! I greet from Poland and I invite on my blog! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I love to find frogs in ponds and toads in my garden!

Filip Demuinck said...

I like the frogs. They are rather active.

Greetings,
Filip

Anni said...

Thanks for stopping by I'd Rather B Birdin' over the weekend...
Hope you and yours have a safe holiday!!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gostei de visitar o seu blog.
Um abraço.
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Nancy Chan said...

Oh, you are so brave to pick and hold the frogs. I wouldn't dare go near them. I would prefer to look from afar.

Gail said...

Amazing pictures.

I love frogs and toads.

nookworm said...

Did you save the snakeskin? It is really a beautiful gift left for you. Texas sure has large toads!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

The frogs are adorable, but the snake skin, that's frightening!

Jeevan said...

The frogs look funny through the wet glasses and I would never dare to bare them in hand... the snake skin remind me the one found near my home few years back.

Small City Scenes said...

I love those little tree frogs and the shed is excellent
MB

Farm Girl said...

The snake skin gave me shivers. It was cool looking though. I loved the picture of the toads on the sliding glass door. That is so nice and what beautiful rain!!
Very cool toads. I miss having toads and frogs. We haven't had any in so long and even the lizards have packed up.
Just the scorpions like it now. Have a lovely Sunday

Made by KKann said...

Adorable??

Debbie said...
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Debbie said...

that was a good reason to "not" pick her up....you may have scared the piss out of her ;)

love the snake skin, i have found those here on our property!!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute frogs! Amazing that they can climb on the window.

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful pictures.

Lois Evensen said...

What cute little critters!

Trollstubben foto said...

Small and cute.
K

Giga said...

They look funny frogs stuck to the glass. A giant toad and I only looked at it, and certainly not touched. Regards.

Jeanne said...

I'm surprised the dogs didn't go nuts with the frogs on the door. Fun series of shots for sure!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I loved the shots of the tree frogs hanging on the wed sliding glass doors. Unique! No one likes a piddling toad. :)

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful to see...

carol l mckenna said...

Love the frog and toads ~ snakes okay ~ all wonderful shots! Favorite are the first few ~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Robin Lamb said...

T, here a critter, there a critter, everywhere a critter of one kind or another!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fun! Those tree frogs hanging on the screen/glass are so funny. Love them. Daughter keeps finding them in and around their hot-tub. The grandsons (our great-grands) think that's the best thing about their Grandma's house -- who wouldn't want to take a dip with a frog or two? (Those boys would love your 'yard' ;>)~

Deb said...

We have an abundance of toads and lizards this year...lots of good fun for Stringbean and the dogs

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wow, some very interesting photos. Don't know if I missed some posts... got way behind because my PC (HP) died, got us a new Mac and than we flew to NYC for 4 nights and back home for having part of my files from the external hard drive brought over at the Apple Store = 2.5 hrs driving one way. I'm getting used to it but still need to do so many things for having it all on this one again. But I'm loving it, so quiet in the office now as the old one, a display model from Costco always made so much noise and its hard drive needed to be replaced right way and once more. Guess it never worked the way it was supposed to. Scary and high stress all the time.
Your froggies are so cute. Love those toads as well but yes, they always piddle on you; have to wash my hands when I rescue them from the cats or for the cats... I always bring them to the creek or to the pond area.
Never have found a snake skin though!
Hugs,
Mariette

Guess in Georgia they too had lots of rain while we had sunny days in NYC, according to our cat sitter.

Mersad said...

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Mersad
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diane b said...

Frogs are a good indication that there is very little pollution in your area. I'm glad you didn't touch her skin as our dry hands can burn their skin.It is amazing how the snake sheds it skin. I don't like finding them because I wonder where the owner is. Many of our snakes are deadly.

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Honneur à toi qui respecte les plus petits animaux de la création, lorsque d'autre les auraient écrasé avec leur botte. L'amour que tu leur porte est nécessaire sur la terre pour équilibrer le monde. Belle fin d'été à toi.

Roger

Merci pour la belle série de photos.

Small Kucing said...

I have a few of them in my garden too. They helps me to keep nasty insects away

Ron said...

At least it's just a snake skin and not the snake! LOL

Daniel LaFrance said...

Evidence of a healthy environment :)

Karen S. said...

All adorable shots, and it's a record year at my house too, for frogs and toads and everything else critter like except no snakes, well once in a while a garter snake!

ladyfi said...

Cute frogs!

Fjällripan said...

Wow really cool that the frogs can climb like this!

Lowcarb team member said...

Great pictures ...

But I love those frogs - brilliant

All the best Jan

Halcyon said...

Those little froggies are pretty cute!

Pamela Gordon said...

What great photos of the frogs and tiny tree frogs! So cute. I've never seen a shed snakeskin before.

Our photos said...

Wow, these are cute !

bon bon said...

Some toad! :)

Ida said...

Being a long time lover of frogs (from childhood) I just had to view this post and it was delightful. - Tree frogs are so cute and man that toad was huge. I chuckle about you not wanting to be piddled on by it though. The snake skins were very cool looking.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You have a wide range of critters. Much fun! Good little bug eaters, too!

Debby Ray said...

Wow...those are some awesome reptiles! The little "sticky frogs" are so cute...that's what we called them :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Yes, well. Last week I picked one up and brought her in to show Cort, my animal crazy kid. He was reading aDr. Seuss book and the road peed all over it. Cort was SO mad. Until he wasn't. And then he laughed.

Lux G. said...

Eek! Good shots though. :)

Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

frogs & toads r always so so cool! cute 2!!! love them so. ( ;

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Nice shots! I've had a little frog clinging to my kitchen window for the last 2 days. I started to get my camera for a shot until I realized how dirty my window was. lol! Adding window washing to an already long to-do list!

Beate said...

I LOVE frogs! :) That tree frog is so cute and how adorable is it that they climb up your windows!?
The snakeskin is really fascinating and that toad was huge! :)
Wonderful post! :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, great shots, but eeekkk, I am so not a froggy person! Well, maybe Kermit!

sharon said...

cool tree frogs. I could do without the snake skin. OOOOooooo eebie jeebies!

carolann said...

I don't mine frogs. Snakes like you get them. I will pass.



Linda said...

What cute frogs! I'm not crazy about snakes but I realize they eat mice.

pattisjarrett said...

Tiny tree frogs are so cute. I've never seen a snakeskin, that is cool. Toads do have a habit of piddling when picked up. That's a pretty one you have there.

KB Bear said...

Those tiny tree frogs are incredible, hanging on your door during a rain. Wow!

I love the snakeskin too. I agree that it's fascinating...

Handmade in Israel said...

Amazing photos, the ones on the glass doors especially! Not sure I would have wanted to pick the toad up either!

Helma said...

Especially photographs of the tree frogs who encounter the glass door !! ?? Good that you saw this. A afgewropen skin of a snake is also very beautiful and fascinating :-) The path is beautiful to see.

Karen S. said...

Life is so much happier when it's shared!

Gail said...

I got really excited...rain. Then I read "last month".

I love all bug eaters. This big toad is amazing. I think you skin may be a black snake...coming to eat frogs and toads.

Have a wonderful week.

Bethany Carson said...

I must have missed this post! The frogs on the window are very neat...and that snakeskin might make a nice belt.

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