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Froggy song: “One is the Loneliest Number” (or, It Rained Frogs at My House Yesterday)

Posted Jun 2, 2011 by Penny Carnathan

Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 09:58 AM

Wednesday’s long-awaited deluge had a profound effect on my teeny tiny pond, usually home to just one middle-aged comet named Gil.



At first I thought I was witness to an amazing amphibious rescue effort. I’ve fished drowned frogs out of my pond after a rain; perhaps these frogs were trying to save each other?

After considerable effort, I finally “rescued” a pair. They sat on the side for a minute, then hopped right back in the water. The next “rescue” pair just lay in a dazed stupor where I put them.


Something about these two—the embrace?—made me think I was on the wrong track. A quick Google search indicated they would’ve much preferred I’d given them a glass of wine and a smoke, if you catch my drift.

I put a couple fat sticks in the water, just in case, then I reached in to clear the pump filter. That’s when I heard it. An ear-splitting screech from very near the pump. And then another, from somewhere behind me, and another from under the waterfall.


Once they got going, they didn’t stop. And, oh my gosh, they were loud! It didn’t take me long to figure out that these were the unlucky-in-love males. The piggyback frogs were all drowsily, quietly floating; the croakers were agitated singles, hopping in and out of the water and bellowing frustration.

Click this video to see and hear one of the lonely hearts.

We can also try to identify them. First click here for a list of Florida frogs and toads. Then plug the different names into the USGS Frog Call Lookup to hear how each sounds. I haven’t tried it yet, but it should be fun to compare notes.

Reader Comments

Por (Susan Gillespie) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

That is one singin’ frog. And those other two——well, tis the season, as they say. We have a big toad or two in the yard and I’m using your resources to see if it is a Marine toad or a southern toad. The latter is preferable, if it has to be any toad at all, as it is not poisonous to animals as the Marine toad can be.

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Por (Susan Gillespie) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Thanks Penny. I’ll try to lure him out for a photo op.

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Por (kgardens) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Penny - I vote for Southern Toad.  But, whatever they are, you sure have a lot of ‘em!

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Por (Chip) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

What hapens in the pond stays in the pond! At lest they are not the cain toads we have. Diane wants a pond but I think here it would end up a cain toad hot tub. And the kids would use it as a wadeing pool….chip

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Por (Laura) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

LOL! Too funny! Reminds me of the lizards! Penny, your yard is one happening spot!

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Por (Pumpkin) on June 02, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I was having a very down day today and watching the video was just great! Penny, you are just plain cool!!!!!!Pumpkin

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Por (Chip) on June 03, 2011 (Suggest removal)

The nice people at the County extension service can tell you what kind of frogs and toads you have in your gardens. Diane and I go to the seminars and can’t say enough good things about them. We attended a few years ago the seminar on frogs I was shocked to learn the sound we all hear in the summer just as the sun starts going down is not crickets but Oak frogs they live in the trees and never touch the ground. I grew up with that sound every evening when I was a kid they sang me to sleep. ...“Chip”

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Por (Chip) on June 04, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I had the weekend just before I had a truck assighned to me off just as we were packing the car to drop me off one of our feuel cats. Had.kittens ( under the car in the driveway) now they are running around my garden like they own the place. I am not sure why attack the rake is such fun for cats but I had fun! I still have not got my rakeing done. That made my day…chip

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Por (Pumpkin) on June 04, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Chip, It is so good to have you bake in town. Pumpkin

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Por (Chip) on June 05, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I go back “on the road”  this afternoon. I have my smart phone so I will keep up when I can. ...“Chip”

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Por (Janna) on June 06, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Loved the pictures and video! Live entertainment in your suburban back yard…

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Por (Pumpkin) on June 09, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Penny, We all want to say thank you, meeting you has made each of us a better person! Love Pumpkin

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Por (Chip) on June 18, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I am back home for Fathers day weekend! It must be just to hot to garden I have been gone two weeks and no new posts. I was in Missippi last weekend and it hit 112 deg. all of the farmers up there are letting there crops wither on the vine then plow them under. Maybe if I ask real nice they will send me to Alaska! I am lucky My A.C. in my truck works real good. ..“Chip”

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Por (Janna) on June 22, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Chip, I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend at home! This Florida heat is making me wish I was going to Alaska. Very sad news to report, though. The reason for no new posts here is that Penny is no longer with the Tribune. Not by her choice. Yes, I know that is CRAZY. And UNBELIEVABLE. I met you and Diane here, along with many other gardeners who became friends. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Penny, though. E-mail me.

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Por (Chip) on June 23, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Things are just not getting any better jobs if anything are harder to find than ever. Newspapers like the trib. Are cutting back an already bare bones and everybody suffers for it. I will miss this blog I have meet some very nice people here. I bet the price of the trib. Gos up and content will go down. I can reply and respond to emails with my phone but I can’t get to my add. So if you all email me I will try and get back to you when I am in a truck stop. We will all miss you both penny and kim…chip

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