Would you kiss a frog? Or a toad?

For several weeks now I thought I was hearing spring peepers serenading us through the night. Spring peepers are little frogs that start their high-pitched songs very early in spring, marking the end of winter. Along with the first sighting of robins, everyone is excited to report their first “spring peepers.”

The dogs have been spending hours each day at the pond, circling it, wading into it.

dogs in pond

So I decided to investigate and found these creatures:

Our male dog (dark-haired) was content to just sniff the critters; but our female dog (sandy-colored) liked to paw them, snatch them with her mouth, then drop them at the edge of the pond. She didn’t seem to hurt them, certainly wasn’t interested in eating them, but the joy of the hunt entertained her for hours.



I noticed there were about half a dozen mating couples. They were so blissed out by their meditative activity that they didn’t even try to swim away from the dogs.
And then the trilling started: first one male bloating his throat sac, then another one at the other end of the pond responding (or perhaps competing). The sound was shrill but strangely harmonious and trance-like.

The things we don’t do to attract a mate!

I am sure this male would be very attractive to a female of its kind, sparkling gold accents, powerful voice, husky shoulders and all.

calling for a mate

calling for a mate

I believe these critters are probably toads instead of frogs (notice their “warty” skin). They are large enough to fit into the cup of my hand; that is, if I cared to place them in my hand, which I don’t. If anyone knows what they are, please leave a comment.

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20 Responses to Would you kiss a frog? Or a toad?

  1. Dina says:

    Wow, great images!! I have no idea what they are, but I’m quite confident someone else does.
    Lots of pats for your gorgeous dogs,


  2. randee says:

    I can hear frogs in a nearby park on summer nights. This makes me want to go look for them.


  3. Tish Farrell says:

    So love the dogs’ expressions – amused puzzlement, reminds me of my long ago Labrador when she first spotted a rolled-up hedgehog and in the end could not stop herself from giving it a good nose.


  4. No, I definitely wouldn’t kiss that toad. I’ve kissed a few frogs in my time. 😀


  5. Aggie says:

    Great fun. Thank you!


  6. utesmile says:

    Wow excellent photos…..


  7. Those things are awesome is what they are 🙂


  8. indacampo says:

    Great photos! We’re waiting for the first big rains to bring our “peepers” out. Although with some of ours it’s not a good idea for Dos Gatos to put them in their mouth.


  9. susanintheboonies says:

    I don’t know what they are, but I love that you took the time to look, and enjoy, and shared what you saw with your readers! I probably wouldn’t…, but I enjoy looking from a safe distance!


  10. Perhaps if the ice ever goes out on the lake at the cabin, we will hear the sounds of frogs again 🙂


  11. Tina Schell says:

    Love the mating shot especially. We have tiny little green frogs that are about the size of your finger from the tip to the first joint. I took a few shots this week and will post one of these days. They too herald the start of spring and none to soon!!!


  12. lauramacky says:

    Wonderful toad shots!


  13. What a way to celebrate spring…MM🍀👍


  14. Really great photos….and what fun playmates for your dogs!


  15. Icelandica says:

    Love the dogs and their smart curiosity.


  16. Nice pictures 🙂 Sure why not!! haha


  17. dadirri7 says:

    I love to see frogs, and your photos are excellent … here they hide too fast for me! Yay for all that mating business!


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