Sunday, October 9, 2011

Backyard Swamp and Frogs!

Some friends of ours have this great backyard.  There is a swamp against the furthermost point of their yard.  I can't imagine the flooding that must occur when the rains are at their peak, but the fun the kids had the other day makes the whole potential flooding worth it.  Almost.  As a homeschooling mom, everything is a learning opportunity, whether my kids realize it or not.  We talked about frog lifespans - did you know frogs can live from 4 to 10 years out in the wild, but many don't because of predators?
There's something so natural about a boy and his frog.

Impromptu frog habitat
We talked about frog habitats - how too much or too little sun can affect them...what frogs need to live.  Air, food, water.  They hibernate in the mud at the bottom of ponds. Frogs are also amphibians, which means they live part of their life in water and part of it on land.  They will also keep growing for up to 5 years. 

There's nothing like being barefoot and almost knee-deep in mud

In captivity, a frog can live up to 40 years!

Some cool frog sites:

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