Nature

“Ribbit” Says the Frog

Northern Green Frog

The Frog BY HILAIRE BELLOC

Be kind and tender to the Frog, And do not call him names, As ‘Slimy skin,’ or ‘Polly-wog,’ Or likewise ‘Ugly James,’ Or ‘Gape-a-grin,’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong,’ Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’: The Frog is justly sensitive To epithets like these. No animal will more repay A treatment kind and fair; At least so lonely people say Who keep a frog (and, by the way, They are extremely rare).

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  1. Like Maggie, I always thought I should kiss one for kicks!
    Frogs are very sensitive to the environment. They are called an ‘indicator species’ as seeing them (or not) in a wetland area can tell you the areas health.
    I was lucky enough to see a bunch of green treefrogs last weekend! Eeeeee! They were so cute! 🐸🐸

    • Oh man..I’m so jealous of your green tree frogs. Have yet to find one in Maryland. These frogs are happy, happy, happy. They live in the water fountains at Ladew Topiary Gardens. I know they appreciate the water as we’re having a hot drought right now.

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