Friday, June 25, 1999
How to catch a frog
Catching frogs and turtles is my favorite thing to do. I go hunting with my friend Andy Trebino. We put on our gear and two hours later we come home with frogs, turtles and even snakes.
I have three ponds near my house; one of them is the size of a hockey rink! That's the one I usually hunt in. I usually find frogs under the dead leaves and around the edges of the pond. I mostly find leopard frogs which have spots and are usually light green and brownish green.
I catch frogs every weekend starting in May. May is good because the mosquitos are not out. I walk along the edge of the pond. I am wearing boots that go up to my knees and use an adjustable net that extends to five feet. When I see a frog I walk in back of it as quietly as I can and drop the net over it and pull back quickly. If it's a little frog, I catch it with my hands.
I catch most of my turtles in the middle of spring. They are mating, so I always see them either on a log or on the edge of the water; or of course in the water.
To catch a turtle I have to get a certain distance away from the turtle and then run as fast as I canthen dive—Ouch! If I don't catch it, I go into the pond and start searching rapidly; when I do that I usually catch the turtle. After hunting we are always very dirty and shower off outside, under the hose.
My record for a day's hunting frogs and turtles is eight turtles and eight frogs. After I catch the frogs and turtles I put them in a bucket that you can see through. I add water and leaves. I pick the frogs up and let them jump around and the turtles crawl around. Most of the turtles are feisty and scratch. After I fiddle with them, I always let them go where I found them. I have never killed an animal and never will.
Third-grader Luke Deary of North Road won second prize in last year's Old Home Day frog- jumping contest.
Have you thought of entering this year? Catch a frog the day before Old Home Day and try your jumper out. Be sure to let it go that afternoon in the same place where you found it. For details, call Steve Pearlman at 371-1663.
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