Frog populations on the rise due to mild summer
OKLAHOMA CITY — There is no doubt about it – this summer has been a mild one. And with the mild summer comes more creatures. So far, we’ve told you about an invasion of snakes and bugs.
But, some folks around the metro are now dealing with a different kind of animal; frogs. And they’re coming in biblical proportions.
The folks here at the Department of Wildlife Conservation have been getting a lot of phone calls. All this rain we’ve been getting has been bringing out all kinds of critters including frogs. Some as small as a quarter others the size of a baseball and possibly coming to a backyard near you.
“It’s definitely a frog infestation. Some sort of a plague or invasion going on here. We have a lot of frogs,” says Amy Cooper who is experiencing an invasion of frogs. “They’re out here somewhere; hiding; they don’t come out during the day. But at night this window turns into a frog playground.”
“They’ll come and sit on the windows. They’re out in the yard. The puppy will eat them for snacks. They’re everywhere,” Cooper says.
They are even in the family’s clothes.
“I had some laundry that was out and drying the other day and there were frogs up inside of it and when I brought it in they hopped around the kitchen. I don’t like frogs so I had to go get my son to catch them for me and take them back outside,” Cooper says.
Which is where the Department of Wildlife say you should keep them, and leave them, they say it’s best not to mess with Mother Nature and try to remove these little jumpers.
And Amy Cooper was right. They do like the dark.
“From the picture it looks like a species of a tree frog and you can tell by the suction cup-like pads on its feet and tree frogs are active at night,” Rachel Bradley, with the Department Of Wildlife Conservation, says.
Maybe Amy Cooper is just a good hostess.
“Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the water,” Cooper says.
It’s actually both.
“With the moisture we’ve had this summer, a lot of species are moving around and you will find them in urban areas,” Bradley says.
And in large numbers thanks to the unusual Oklahoma summer we’ve had.
“It provides a better environment for reproduction,” Bradley explains.
Amy Cooper doesn’t mind the late night visits as long as they don’t invite themselves inside.
Amy says, “They’re cute to look at if they stay outside.”
The Department of Wildlife officials say the frogs may be a nuisance but it’s best to just let wildlife be. Frogs are known to eat many types of insects, so that helps control those pests.
Soon, with cooler temps moving in, the frogs will move out.
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