|This Cuban Tree Frog was in one of my open barrels at the school aquaponic system. The barrel is 3/4 full of water with duck weed and iris floating in it. I tossed some gambusia minnows in some time ago and mostly the barrel system maintains itself, quietly growing minnows for when we need them.|
Last week the students and I were doing some system maintenance and I happened to peer down into this barrel.
Staring back at me was a very light colored tree frog.
I grabbed him for an ID shot, the one you see above, and then tucked him back in the barrel since you have to be careful about killing anything in front of today's students.
Everyone is so sensitive that even euthanizing an exotic destructive animal is risky.
One school system south of us was successfuly sued for big money when the teacher let the kids watch a snake feed on a live mouse.
Yes, the teacher should have known better in this PC world, but still ... what a ridiculous law suit.
Anyway ... my master plan was to return later and recapture Fidel so he could take a nice, humane sleep in the lab freezer, but alas he was gone.
While looking for him, I noticed a horde of suspicious tadpoles in the barrel. I think we will do a clean out of that barrel and transfer the cute little poliwogs to the large aquaponics tank.
It's a cozy tank with a pugnacious, and always hungry bluegill sunfish.
Curiously ... there are no tadpoles in that tank even though it's 2 feet from the Cuban barrel.
I'm sure that's just a coincidence.