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It's all about sex, the Pacific Chorus Frogs in my back yard

All that noise from such a little creature
All that noise from such a little creatureNational Geographic

There is a pond in my back yard in Napa, California. When we moved into the house a couple years back, I really wasn’t very interested in the pond. It contained several koi, but they did not survive long. It was a matter of me taking someone’s advice on how to keep the algae from growing and the fish from dying, but the advice didn’t work. Then the pump broke that kept the water flowing in the pond. Soon all kinds of green stuff started growing in the pond, and it was becoming quite an eye sore. The natural environment proceeded. I didn’t pay much attention when my kids were fascinated by the pollywogs swimming in the pond – that is until this week.

I have learned that it is mating season for the Pacific Chorus Frog. So it seems that female frogs like to mate with male frogs that make the most “advertising calls.” Here I am tossing and turning in my bed, trying to shut out the din of croaking going on in my backyard from what sounds like a gazillion frogs, and I learn that it is all that racket goin on is about sex.

If a male Pacific Chorus Frog makes a lot of noise (and keeps the neighbors awake) the female frog thinks that is really cool, and they agree to have a bunch of little frogs. One female Pacific Chorus Frog can lay up to 1200 eggs in a year. I don’t know how many of those eggs actually turn into frogs later on, but I am pretty sure it is way too many.

The little guys are only about 5 cm long when they are fully grown, but get three or four of them guys together trying to compete for the affection of a female and the noise can be amazingly loud. It is much too loud of a noise for a guy like me to easily sleep through. Pacific Chorus Frogs can also live up to nine years, if some predator does not come along and get rid of them before that. I have recently learned that a beagle is not one of their predators.

Things really get out of control when two dude frogs are after the attention of the same girl frog. The one trying to protect his “rights” with the girl makes a different kind of “trilling” sound. So the ticked off male makes this trilling sound because somebody else is getting to close to his babe, but the problem is that the babe does not like the trilling sound so she ignores that one and goes for some other guy frog (Sound familiar to you guys out there?). Now that, of course, ticks of the male frog and he doubles his efforts, significantly irritating the female frog. Guys are really stupid around girls they want to impress, even when they are guy frogs.

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