This post by Jennifer Flaten
In the AtoZ blog challenge I have “H”. So here is How to Catch a Frog:
First, you need a pond, a shallow one surround by high weeds is best. Then you need at least one assistant, in my case I have three.
I have a spotter (my son), a netter (my youngest daughter) and a grabber (my oldest daughter). A dog is optional, and really, he is of no help, mostly he laid in the sun while we angled for amphibians.
He is green, really jumpy and incredibly slippery. If you aren’t careful he will squirt right out of your hand and land on your kid‘s foot. The kid will scream, shake the frog off and run away. The frog will hop smugly away.
We were lucky we had a small park with a big frog filled pond about two blocks from our last house. In the spring and summer, it teemed with frogs of all sizes. For the record, bigger is NOT easier to catch…the bigger the frog, the longer the legs and the farther it can jump.
Every walk, we somehow found ourselves in the park looking for frogs. Sometimes, we had a net along, other times we attempted to catch one bare handed.
The best part was watching three little kids sneak up on the frogs, since an eight year olds idea of quiet could possibly wake up the dead; the frogs heard us coming a mile away. I believe the only frog that stayed on shore were the danger seeking frogs.
I believe this frog was caught using the “snatch” technique. One of the kids crept up on him and snatched him before he had a chance to jump. I believe it was my oldest daughter, who is apparently part ninja, because another time she “snatched” a butterfly right off a flower, (no harm done to butterfly we admired him and let him go immediately).
After admiring him and taking copious amounts of pictures release him back into the pond so you can try to catch him another day.
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