This makes the 4th year that the American Bullfrog, nicknamed Michael J. Frog, has made his appearance in our pool. That’s one of the nice things about Spring is you get to see if your old regulars return once again.
Before I post the pictures, let me share some information that I just recently read and some personal experience. I read in one location that the average lifespan of an American Bullfrog is about 4-5 years, some rarely until 6 years. On another source it says they live typically 7-16 years. Does that mean this might be the last year I would see Michael J. Frog? I hope not. I consider him such a constant source all through the Spring, Summer, and Fall that I would hate not seeing him anymore.
In all honesty, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen him this year. I actually have seen him in my pond over the last few weeks underwater, and the water has been pretty cold. I’ve never found him burrowing any specific place during the winter months. Then again, I’ve never seen him mate or sing to attract females.
Here’s something else a little interesting. Once he commits to the pool, even if I take him back over to the pond, he will return in a matter of minutes. That makes me wonder why the salt water pool doesn’t bother him? Perhaps it’s just like brackish water or something?
Michael’s daily ritual is to float around one of the pool skimmers all night until about 10am. After that, he tends to move to the shelter under one of the waterfall rocks.
One of my goals this year for Michael would be to get a get shot of him eating something. Right now, he looks a bit thinner than I remember him, particularly towards his back side.
So without further adieu, here is the return of Michael J. Frog once again.
Update: It’s been pointed out to me that Michael is actually a Michelle. So I guess from now on it’s Michelle J. Frog