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Frogs: Batmads Frog Course

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Unread postby The Mexicans » Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:01 pm

Go for it!!! :yaya:

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Unread postby Batmad » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:05 am

Part 1- Frogging

anybody can do frogging! all you need is a note pad and pen some waders a torch and a rain coat to protect you from the cold some plastic bags aswell are also needed.
before you go frogging you must have a decent knowledge of frogs and their calls in order to know what frog you are listning to. when you see a frog or if you want to catch it be very careful in order to keep the frog safe and sound. also if you are dealing with the Xenopus familey(platannas) be careful because at the front and back feet they have sharp claws and also when you are holding them they secrite a slimy liquid that is very slippery and the chances are it will get away. when you catch a frog put it into a plastic bag for no longer than 5 minutes in order to keep the frog alive. the only time you will catch a frog is when you want to take measurments for research. also be careful were you go frogging. be mindful that there might be a crimanal hiding in the bush or predetors such as crocodiles and the massive hippo lurking in the depths.
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Unread postby Mfezi » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:35 pm

Just want to add that some snakes are mainly active at night and this include some venomous species searching for food. So keep them in mind as well while frogging. And also be careful of the Giant Bullfrog's (Pixycephalus) "teeth."

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Unread postby Batmad » Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:25 pm

here we go


PART 2- Xenopus familey

this familey of frogs have sharp claws on their hind and front feet and when capturing it is suggested that you were gloves. they also secrete a slipery liquid that enables them to escape from you grasp.

Xenopus laevis (common platanna)

60-100mm in length
dark grey. sometimes has spots or stipes
legs- are webbed and slightly yellow.

Habitat- any pools of water are liked.

Call- a constant buzzing
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Unread postby Batmad » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:28 pm

XENOPUS GILLI-(cape platanna)

40-60cm in length. above, two dark stipes going down back and a pale grey colour. below, yellow with black spots.

Habitat-pools in fynbos

Call- underwater buzzes.
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Unread postby Batmad » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:58 pm

XENOPUS MUELLERI (Tropical platanna)

50-90MM. above-mottled.Below-grey and orange.
limbs-webbing is orange.

Habitat-Savanna pans.

call-Sharp percussive rapping-underwater.
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