South Africa
Ribbit Ribbit, a muddy affair!
Posted by Cowan House Preparatory School, South Africa on 12 February 2019

On Friday, 8th February, the Grade Twos finally had their Frog Evening. This is always a much-anticipated event. The weather was perfect, the storm that was brewing thankfully held off until after the event.

The evening started with a lovely picnic at the Boma area. The children were anxiously awaiting the call to say it was time… Charlene Russell, our local Frog enthusiast, explained to the children how to catch frogs and that we must always let them go where they were found and use the plastic bag, which was provided, in order not to hold the frog in your bare hands for too long. Geared with gumboots and head-lamps, off we went.

Due to sheer excitement, it took some boys and girls roughly 5 minutes to be covered, from head to toe, in mud as they all just jumped in, frightening all the frogs away. It took some time for the water to become less murky and then we were able to walk around quietly in search of ‘rising bubbles and/or moving water’. Some children were patiently waiting at the water’s edge, too squeamish to go in (including me!).

As always, crabs were first on the list of being caught…big ones, small ones and ones that pinched. Then finally our first frog was caught. It was the first of several ‘Platanas’. We always find these at our wetland. This year, however, we also caught a Guttural Toad, a Painted Reed Frog and a Common River Frog. Finding all these species means our Wetland is in a very good condition. This is very good news for the frogs, crabs, water spiders and Mrs Evans’s Eco Committee.

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