Thursday, June 28, 2012

Reebok the Grand Junction Bullfrog


Reebok was found on the road during a thunderstorm
early on the morning of June 28th, 2012.

Reebok is a male. There is an easy way to figure this out. The circles behind his eyes (the tympanum) are larger than his eyes. If it were a female, those circles would be smaller.

We decided to see if we could create a suitable temporary habitat for him. We bought all of the aquatic plants that you can see in the pond here for just $12 at Meadowlark Garden Center on Broadway in Grand Junction, but there is still plenty of work to do. I'd like to buy a floating log at Petsmart and another little plastic house that looks like a hollow tree stump for Reebok to shade in if he chooses. But for now, I think it looks pretty nice. I guess we'll have to see if Reebok even sticks around for more than one day.

This pond already gets quite a bit of shade from the surrounding trees, but we decided to try to create a little "frog house" for Reebok. I guess time will tell if he approves of this little shelter.

For the moment, he seems to be content with his new surroundings. Here he is luxuriating in a nice, froggy Colorado spa.  We watched YouTube videos showing us what bullfrogs eat and how to feed them. Based on that information, we bought ten goldfish feeders to start off with. We'll also try to feed him some other things like night crawlers, and even frozen mice (thawed of course).

At first, I was worried that Reebok wouldn't be able to jump out of the pond, since the plastic edges were higher than the water level. Several times this afternoon, he has proven that there is no reason to worry. He just sits near the side of the pond, and quickly hops back in whenever someone approaches.