We went out on our back verandah last night to move our chair cushions away from the front edge as it was pouring with rain due to a heavy thunderstorm moving over. And this is what we found sitting on the cushions of the chair below our kitchen window, cute, arent’ they?
They’re Green Tree Frogs, and they’re about the size of a fist. Their colour can vary from the bright green of these two, probably because they’re in the light of our kitchen, to a darker green which is the colour of the one on our front verandah, which we also found lurking last night.
This one is a darker green and is a regular on our verandah. He’s also a regular at climbing into the drainpipe and croaking like the clappers which, of course is extremely noisy as the sound gets exacerbated by the close confines as well as echoing!
In case you think these little guys are sheltering from the rain, think again. This is the season of the little Golden Beetles which turn up in droves from time to time. The end up in swarms on the front and back windows, attracted by the lights, and we have had to fill all then nooks and crannies in the back and front doors which had even the tiniest gap as these little sods would fight their way in . At one time I thought of re-naming our home: The Golden Beetle Rescue Centre as we were always picking them up and putting them outdoors. The trouble is, they crawl or fly in, then fly around until they bump into something, then flop onto their backs with their little legs waggling furiously, unable to flip over. And they look really pathetic, so we take pity on them and return them to the outdoors.
So our kindly-looking, rather laid-back frogs are hanging around, trying to look innocuous and harmless, because they’re on a Golden Beetle eating expedition. And I must say, they seem to be fairly successful because they’re pretty plump and looking very well-fed. This is a close-up of the fattest frog. Don’t be fooled, folks, this is a Killer Frog, lurking in waiting for his victims – the Hannibal Lecter of the frog world!