Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Foray into Owning Frogs

Recently, Adisson attended a workshop at a local park to work on his Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge.  He enjoyed his afternoon learning about lizards, snakes, frogs, and the like.  I later asked his Scoutmaster what requirements he had completed at this interesting educational event and I was informed that the only requirement he had left to complete was Requirement #8.  

Sweet!  Just one requirement and he can finish up this Merit Badge?!  Hot dog!!

Wait a second.  Do you know what Requirement #8 is?  Let me tell you. 

Choose one: 
  1. Maintain one or more reptiles or amphibians for at least a month. Record food accepted, eating methods, changes in coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits; or keep the eggs of a reptile from the time of laying until hatching; or keep the eggs of an amphibian from the time of laying until their transformation into tadpoles (frogs) or larvae (salamanders).
  2. Choose a reptile or amphibian that you can observe at a local zoo, aquarium, nature center, or other such exhibit (such as your classroom or school). Study the specimen weekly for a period of three months. 
Hold the phone.  Did I just read that we needed to get a reptile or amphibian or visit one each week for three months?  We live out in the country and it's a bit of a drive to get to any nearby nature center or zoo (and I couldn't commit to that each week, anyway).  So could only mean one thing...if he wanted this merit badge, he'd need a reptile or amphibian.  

Because one of Adisson's best friends has more lizards than I do brothers (and I have a lot of those!), he's be incredibly interested in lizards lately.  He has begged and pleaded for a lizard.  I'm a bit apprehensive because I'm uncertain he's ready to offer the standard of care that a lizard needs.  Plus, he wants to carry it around since that's what his friend does with his lizard(s).  Honestly, the last thing I need with two curious cats running around is for a kid to carry a lizard through the house.

When the opportunity to purchase a trio of Fire Belly Toads and all of their essentials arose, I jumped at the chance.  The lady selling the toads said I'd need help getting the aquarium because it's heavy and upstairs...so I brought along my partner in (mommy) crime awesome friend, Dawn.  Though, if Dawn was awesome, she would have talked me out of this.  (Just kidding, Dawn is amazing!)  So as to not relive the nightmare that was picking up the frogs and their tank, let me just say that it was crazy!  And that tank was heavy, heavy, heavy.  

The lady selling the frogs said that the tank was recently cleaned.  I think that was a bit of an overstatement as it smelled like four month old ice cream vomit from a hot, sealed minivan.  Additionally, the frogs eat crickets.  Upon getting the tank home, we found DOZENS of dead crickets in the tank.  Let me tell you, dead crickets don't make a frog habitat smell any better.  Also, the crickets were entirely too large for the frogs to eat.  I suppose that would explain why there were so many dead ones inside.  

This is Blaize On Fire, or just Blaize.
Adisson named a frog after himself.
I know, right?!

Step One -- Buy stinky frog tank and frogs.  

Step Two -- Get home, try not to throw up when cleaning out the tank.  
Step Three -- Throw away all of the gravel and cheap plants and go to the pet store.  
Step Four -- Try to make the tank as pleasant as possible for the frogs.  

Garrett Bobby Ferguson.
Yep, that's his name.

Mr. Lump

I'm excited to share our froggy adventure with you as we learn how to be a family that cares for amphibians.  I'll tell you now, however, we are already talking about what new pets we'd like to add to our menagerie.  Adisson still really, really, really wants a bearded dragon.  I've always wanted a snake and recently decided that a veiled chameleon would be a lot of fun!  We'll see....

Our current set-up, but we're already thinking of new ideas!

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