The two kissing bullfrogs you see on this year’s Valentine card were observed in Massachusetts. I have never seen a more passionate pair of critters in my life! Their courtship bordered on dangerous, a bit like “mating on steroids”. They did however, finish with what really looked like a kiss.
I have always loved small creatures. As a young girl I waded in a local creek catching frogs and observing the occasional muskrat. I spent hours at Pauley’s pond with my brother. We saw hundreds of baby turtles, toads, frogs, etc. Even snakes intrigued me..
At some point birds became my passion, especially hawks and owls. At age 21 my mother-in-law introduced me to the numerous songbirds which ate at the feeders stocked by the Bromleys all winter long.
… So it should come as no surprise that my children would be raised with wild critters. Admittedly there were moments when I, an over-eager parent wanting to share joyful childhood experiences in Michigan, over reached a bit. Probably it was wrong to take two Michigan frogs (a bullfrog and Leopard frog) on a road trip to Texas. I did worry we’d get kicked out of a motel if anyone heard the noisy crickets we served up as the frog food.
Some months later the bullfrog died in a well-kept aquarium and the leopard frog was sold to a local Austin exotic pet store (Zookeepers).
A love of wildlife has been passed down to my children. Stay tuned for some interesting Texas animal tales…
Thanks for listening!