As was the case with fish on the roadways yesterday, nature is wreaking havoc, as the Charlotte Observer wrote today. In North Carolina, frogs which have had an “explosive” breeding cycle are raining down on people’s heads.
It has been established that “tens of thousands” of frogs and toads have shown up on N.C.’s coastal plain and they have appeared everywhere.
They have been seen on kitchen counters, in people’s beds, and even hitting them in the skull when they venture outside. Some people have called this a plague of Biblical proportions. “They’re all over my windows…I had one jump on my face laying in bed,” confessed one Manteo resident.
“And I had another in the kitchen on the cutting board. (They’re) everywhere!” he told Outerbanks Voice.
As also was the case with the fish found in the streets yesterday, much of this frog/toad activity is being blamed solely on Hurricane Florence, but that isn’t completely justified, according to experts. “What’s happened,” explained Jeff Hall, a biologist, “is a convergence of two types of frog and toad population explosions along the coast.”
The first part of the strange phenomenon involves tadpoles born in droves during the heavy rains of June and July. The second part is “a boom of ‘explosively breeding’ toads.” The “eastern spadefoot toad” found paradise breeding in “tiny puddles” produced everywhere by Hurricane Florence.
“In their case, it can take only two weeks to go from swimming in a puddle to hopping around someone’s yard,” said Hall. He is also “an amphibian conservationist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.”
The same cause applied to other toad and frog species, as well.
“Making things even worse is the flooding,” the frog expert stated. “All these frogs are in search of dry ground, which is why they’re showing up in places they don’t normally go…I’ve heard of people stepping outside and frogs falling on their shoulder, freaking them out. Frogs love tiny cracks, so they get in door seals.”
Facebook and other social media platforms are hopping with images of frogs and toads coming in almost endless waves. The amphibians are seen “clinging to walls and windows, and sticking like glue to moving cars for miles.”
Hall thinks that, until the flood waters go down, this is going to keep happening in the 10 counties which were hardest hit.
There are things that people can do to limit contact with the creatures, however. “Porch lights attract bugs and moths, and it’s like a steakhouse buffet to a frog,” the conservationist said. “They do not pose a threat. It’s best to try and deal with them as best we can until the situation changes. There are people with hundreds of little toads running around in their yards and they don’t like it, but toads do eat insects.”
While the green chirpers showed up not long after Florence, the baby boom is more likely the result of late July’s double-digit inches of rain: