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September 26, 2003

New Neighbor

Green Tree Frog

The fellow above has been hanging about the house for the last two weeks, though this is the first time he's been close enough to photograph. Ngnat calls him the "Flying Frog," I think because of his penchant for high places.

He's a Green Tree Frog, easily identifiable by the white racing stripe. Green Tree Frogs also tend to have two or three irregular yellow spots somewhere on their backs. You can see one of FF's right there in his middle.

Green Tree Frogs aren't historically found in the N.C. Piedmont, but the last few winters have been mild enough to allow the population to expand westwards from its base in the Coastal Plain--four day power outages not normally affecting amphibians, seemingly.

Ngnat likes FF, of course, though she can't be persuaded to touch him. The Sainted Wife is also a fan, though fauna living on the house is not normally one of her passions. He's been eating the ubiquitous orange spiders, who have plagued her all summer by spinning dozens of webs each night on the outside of the house, then crapping the remnants of their meals onto the siding. Parts of the area near the garage are speckled with hundreds of drips and drops of dried spider turds, and only bleach is stong enough to remove them. I've washed that side of the house twice; each time the spiders are back within a week.

So, good for FF, though I hope he doesn't eat all the spiders before the cold weather forces him into hibernation. I'm angling to get a Bat House as an X-mas gift this year, and I need some wall spatterings to strengthen my arguments.

Update: A Bat house. I had not realized that the knowledge of such a thing was anything less than widespread, but one of my more regular failings is the invariable assumption that what I know, all know. Said assumption has bitten me in the ass more than once.

Posted by Bigwig at September 26, 2003 08:59 PM | TrackBack
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When you say "Bat House," are you talking about some accessory to the Bat Belt and Batmobile, or are we on different wavelengths here?

Posted by: Robert Bauer at September 28, 2003 08:01 PM

Is a bat house anything like a purple martin house? How do non-bats know that they're not welcome? Surely there's a "the SW doesn't know that bats will live in it" structure that you could get. I'll bet that bats aren't picky, that they'd happily reside in a structure that she'd find acceptable (at least until they moved in, and surely she wouldn't evict them if they had babies) if you didn't insist on calling it a "bat house".

Posted by: Andy Freeman at September 28, 2003 11:20 PM

I have a bat house hanging in the back yard - although I don't think any have taken up residence :(

Posted by: clover at September 29, 2003 11:23 AM

I was in Missouri last week and saw a bat house with a bird nest hanging out of it. Maybe bats are really picky about their houses.

Posted by: Fran at September 29, 2003 07:59 PM
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