I just spent way too much time listening to the frog calls on this wildlife site, and that was without my kid on my lap. I can’t wait to show it to her—it has everything from the green frog to the Hurter’s Spadefoot. A nice way to amuse everyone, from a toddler on up.
Incidentally, I think I need to report why I was looking up frogs online. I had been gardening in our Brooklyn backyard, and came upon a humongous toad. I’m talking so big you can’t believe it–like as big as my hand with my thumb and pink sticking out. I spent a lot of time doing google images trying to match it up, and the closest thing I could find is that it was a cane toad, and it’s an invasive species. Not a safe thing for my dog to get into, if in fact my i.d. was correct. It did finally leave after a couple of hours, although we have no idea how it would have left the yard–it’s too big to get through any fence opening. It was just such a weird thing to happen in such an urban place, and I felt completely not equipped to handle it–should I have called 311? Cornell? If anyone has any ideas on what the protocol should be in this kind of situation, I’d love to hear it.