Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Frog-catching kit

To be adequately prepared to catch those loud-chirping coqui frogs* in your front lawn, one needs the highest quality frog-catching gear. They consist of many glasses of red wine, flashlight or headlamps (one per person), and a large pizza for sustenance. Frog catching nets are optional as a quick hand may be adequate. (Jennifer wants me to mention that it's raining out as she is the one on frog duty as I post this ... I think she deserves some sympathy).

*coqui frogs were inadvertently introduced to Hawaii and are spreading like wildfire. Their calls are the same decibels as a lawn mower at the same distance. Hard to believe, huh? But I can attest, it's true!

13 comments:

Kate said...

I'm jealous...

r.e.wolf said...

This is an endeavour I'd have liked to witness... *chuckle*

suzanne said...

Wow...those are some loud frogs!!!! Yikes.

Tracy said...

cracking me up here - you'd never guess the subtext for this drawing was frog-catching ROTFLOL!
those are some loud frogs! - the evening symphony is waning but we get frogs, crickets and those darned cicadas. The only lawn mower sounds come most often on Saturday mornings - created by suburban men on their ride-ons (i have one o'those living in my house!)

Joan Y said...

Kate ... Next time, you're invited!

Ryan ... It was quite the hilarious scene. We cut down a tree even! The way it goes is to stop and listen, move closer (they stop calling when you move), listen, move closer, listen, move closer, triangulate, turn on headlights ... then snatch!

Suzanne ... So loud, they hurt my eardrums when they call.

Tracy ... I feel for ya. I hope he doesn't mow the lawn in the evenings when you're trying to sleep like these frogs do. If not, he's a keeper! :)

mrana said...

Great story! :D The Australian 'imports' are cane toads and they're nasty huge things, poisonous to pets and completely invasive. I'd need massive doses of red wine to try hunting those even during the day! Great sketch!

Terry Banderas said...

Clever post. Wine is always nice even during frog catching.

Anonymous said...

One little lie in here, the call of the coqui IS NOT the same decibels as a lawn mower. The mower was measured at a further distance than the coqui which was measured at 3 inches. also the coqui's max reading was just over 70 decibels, a lawn mower is over 90. In fact if you measure a mower at 3 feet it is over 100 decibels.

wagonized said...

What a cool sketch! Oh this one is very good.
I can't believe these frogs -- and how you arm yourself before you go on a mission.
As Ryan says, i'd like to be there too... :-)

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

I agree with Ryan. There seems to be a theme going on at your blog recnetly - I'm talikng about pizza! What happens when you catch the frog? Or shouldn't I ask?

Joan Y said...

Mariana - I would have to be comatose to touch one of those. NO thanks!

Terry - Thanks, wine is good with everything!

Anon - Thanks for the correction.

France - You're all invited on the next hunt ... and the next ... and the next. :)

Andrea - Pizza is the most comforting food I can imagine ... for after swims and frog-hunting! The frog is well, one with the earth.

Serena said...

OMG....I HATE cane toad season here, I am terrified of them!! The person who came up with the idea of introducing them to Queensland to get rid of a sugar cane bug should have been shot! The cane toad turned out to be an even bigger pest and they can be very loud too. Now, while I like frogs, I still wouldn't get that close to one. You are my new hero, Joan!

jeanette mistress of longears said...

This could be MY sport! Think I'll give it a try!