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Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

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Be careful where you’re weeding!  

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Careful.
Our instructions:  This week, show us something careful — a photo taken with care, a person being careful, or a task or detail requiring care.

Last week, I set out to do a little weeding on my patio, and found a Pickerel frog (Lithobates palustris for all you sciency folks out there) hiding out in my portulaca planter.  He’s cute, but he’s poisonous.

The Pickerel Frog is the only poisonous frog native to the United States.  When stressed (and I’d count nearly being weeded out of his house stressed), the Pickerel frog secretes a toxic substance that is irritating to human skin, and often fatal to other predators, including small dogs and cats.  The Bull frog, however, is immune to the toxin, and finds the Pickerel frog a tasty item on the garden buffet.

Me?  I was feeling pretty grateful for garden gloves.  Not that I was going to pick him up . . . but you can never be too careful!  😉


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