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Posted by rudedogsurfrat on December 20, 2002 at 00:26:14:
In Reply to: Re: Amphibian Decline posted by Clintsky on December 19, 2002 at 20:28:27:
Yeah I live in Southern Cali now but grew up in Houston. The toad poplulation has definately decreased in the last 15 years. I remember when you would ride your bike down the street and try to avoid all the smashed toads from the night before.
:I've read many articles about the amphibians disappearing in the area where I have lived for 43 years, Harris County, Texas. 15 and 20 years ago I would agree with what I was reading, but now the observations I see tell the truth. I have recently seen more newts, tadpoles, frogs and toads than ever before. Some of these areas are on the East side of Houston where chemical plants (they still exist in the same places as 30 years ago, but have cleaned up their act regardless of what the EPA reports) once polluted the air and waterways.
:Earlier this year, in February I believe, my wife and I were checking out some potential herp spots close to a stream leaving the chemical plant district. There were so many frogs in the area we had to find alternate routes to avoid stepping on them. I handled several and did not see 3 eyes or 5 legs lol. At least 500 baby frogs or more. We had just found several salamanders. My visual observations.
:On feeding Eastern Hogs, I feed mine scented pinks, fuzzies, etc. One toad is used for scenting and will last for months. Various snakes would eat many more than the one used for scenting. I call it respecting the amphibians.