Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

What to do if you find a frog in Fiji.

If you’re anything like me you’ll take a photograph.

dsc05759

It’s hard not to be captivated by these tiny hopping creatures that appear everywhere after it rains in Fiji, hopping gaily through puddles and splashing in the wet grass.

‘Oh look, there’s another!’

Some of them are no bigger than your little fingernail, and you only spot them in the wet grass when they suddenly leap out of the way.

dsc05751

‘Mind you don’t step on it!’

I had hours of fun trying to photograph them, especially after a downpour.

dsc05741

dsc05742

‘Excuse me, could you tell me what those are called?

‘Those?’

‘Yes, those cute little frogs.’

‘Those are called cane toads.’

dsc05745

Cane toads. Not so cute after all then.

Cane toads with their thick warty skin and poisonous glands were introduced to Australia to combat pests in the sugar cane industry, and now they’re unstoppable pests.

They were also sent to Fiji in the mid 1930s, and for some reason they’ve shrunk in size since then. They may not grow to the gigantic proportions of Aussie cane toads but they’re still venomous enough to kill a puppy.

dsc05754

There are now millions of them right across the islands.

So if you see a frog in Fiji it might be best to keep walking. You’ll soon find something more appealing to photograph, like these equally tiny parrot finches.

dsc05773

If all else fails, there’s always the weather.

7 comments on “What to do if you find a frog in Fiji.

  1. monsoonwendy
    February 16, 2017

    We will be keen to pick your brains about Fiji! Wondering about a family holiday there in July?? Glad I could read the post! Have a fantastic time you two.

    Like

    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 16, 2017

      Thx Wendy, happy to share our experience, Fijian people are lovely but they and the islands were badly affected by last year’s cyclone. The coral reefs could take up to ten years to recover. Everyone putting a brave face on. Will call you when we get back x

      Like

  2. Dale
    February 16, 2017

    “Not so cute after all”… How often are species introduced to get rid of one pest only to become one themselves?
    Enjoyable pictures, though!!

    Like

    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 16, 2017

      You’re so right Dale, why do we meddle in nature so often? It invariably has long term adverse consequences that aren’t foreseen at the time.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. candidkay
    February 16, 2017

    I think you have the title for a new children’s book! Reminded me of: “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” One of my son’s favorites as a young boy:).

    Liked by 1 person

    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 16, 2017

      Hah, immediately I want to know what happens if you give a pig a pancake!

      Liked by 1 person

      • candidkay
        February 17, 2017

        I won’t get into all the gory details but let’s just say it involves a dressed up pig tap dancing and a treehouse with sticky wallpaper :-).

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on February 16, 2017 by and tagged , , , , .

I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

%d bloggers like this: