Which Frog Has the Luck of the Irish?
It has been a long, cold and snowy winter here in Ohio. Last night though if we listened super close we could hear the sweet sound of the Spring peepers. If you live in the central and eastern parts of Canada and the United States, you know that this frog chorus means spring is just around the corner. These tiny little amphibians are rarely seen. They hang out in wooded areas and grassy lowlands near swamps or ponds. They have excellent camouflage as they are tan or brown in color with dark lines that form an X on their backs. They are nocturnal, hiding from their predators during the day but come out at night to dine on beetles, ants, flies and spiders.In the middle of March, the nighttime chorus swells from the male Spring Peepers looking for a mate and for the rest of us it means that winter is over.
Which Frog is the $50 Frog?
So now that Spring is ready to pounce on us, Lazy Leopard and I thought we would have some fun with our Can You Find the $50 Frog contest. One of these super cute little frogs is hiding a bit of green for one lucky member of The Tiniest Tiger community.
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Kabin and watch from down low. I like having both options available to me at all times in my habitat. When the sun room doors are closed and I can’t get access to my tower, I resort to jumping up behind the sofa and watching the front yard birds from the bay window. Because of my love of both high and low places, I think I might be part leopard.
Leopards are Both Tree and Cave Dwellers
The leopard uses trees as observation posts, and has been observed dragging prey several times its own weight up into a tree to cache the carcass for later meals. The leopards’ scapula is uniquely attached to its muscles allowing the spotted cat to be proficient at climbing and has a locking wrist enabling the cats superior tree climbing ability.
Even though I am not as good a climber as my big cat cousin, I like to think of myself as a leopard when I am sunning myself while napping on top of my tower. There are times that I prefer to observe from the ground and our leopard cousins also prefer lower level living at times.
While leopards are able to haul their prey up into a tree, perhaps a more preferred method is one in which gravity works in the cats favor, and that would be dragging the carcass down into a cave. There have been references made in scientific literature about leopards using caves, including specific descriptions of caves that are leopards lairs. According to Charles Brain, author of the book The Hunters or the Hunted? An Introduction to African Cave Taphonomy, leopards use caves as retreats, feeding places, and breeding lairs.
I Feel Like a Bobcat in my Kat Kabin
Even though leopards also lurk about the ground, when I decide to curl up inside my Scratch Kabin I imagine that I am a bobcat out in the wild.