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Coming to terms with kiling frogs.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Liquidfast, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739

    PLEASE MOVE THIS to the appropriate (if any) forum.

    I have always helped the frogs out. I would steer towards them to go in the direction I wanted.

    Well, this year I have seen hundreds upon hundreds of them weekly. We had record rainfall that I believe may have led to the problem.

    Recently, I just slightly blur my vision and proceed as normal. I feel, if I don't see them, it's not really cruel. Some of these frogs are pretty big which makes me sad.

    If it were a cat or dog, squirrel or similar, I of course would halt operations to move them or they move.

    It kills me to see them jumping their hearts out. They have to have some intelligence but WHAM! Splat!

    This wasn't really an issue until yesterday. I killed a fat frog that was shaped like my mother in law. It even had the same tongue. I kinda enjoyed it. Now I need to make amends.

    My son calls me FROG KILLER and loathes me.

    Can someone PM me the link to the game frogger.

  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Toads and frogs are rampant here this year too. Wet year. The beggining of the summer they were as thick as flies, now you only see the survivors. I couldn't begin to tell you how many thousands I've accidently killed. I will wait for one to hop out of the way if I see him in time, but often they are hiding and jump right in front of the trimmer or mower. Sometimes I wonder if they aren't actually commiting suicide. Ive seen them literally hop 5 feet in a straight line only to run square into the trimmer line. Like he timed it out or something.

    I was thinking of posting this last night, but it's almost too gross, but here goes.
    This has happened a few times this year, but this one was the grossest... Was trimming yesterday, hit a frog I didn't see there. He flew up and hit me in the leg, felt like a rock hitting me. I had a slime spot on my jeans where it hit, and blood and guts around that. Driving to the next job, felt something sticky on my arm, more red guts. YUCK!!!
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    I know how you feel. I have nearly thrown myself from the mower, sliding to a stop to avoid them. When I'm almost sure that I have hit one, I try to look the other way as I go back by. If I don't see it, it's possible that the little fellow somehow made it through.
  4. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    I mowed over one and he must of got skinny and grabbed that grass for all he was worth, especially considering the high lift blades and ultra vac on my mower, cause when I came back on the next pass he was still there, just minus one back leg. I felt really bad for him so I smashed him with the wheel.
  5. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739

    I WAS eating when I read the replies. I kinda know now that chicken really can taste like other things...maybe even frogs.

    I don't feel guilty as I just read that the Taliban are recruiting frogs for future missions for their lack of fear in the eye of danger.

    Just today, I took one out that may have had a leash on it......it was that big. Or maybe it was dog tags???? Or maybe it was a medic alert necklace, anyway, this sucker was H U G E. I couldn't avoid it. I tied it to the hood of my mower, kinda like a trophy but now I have somethin' for the stew later this evenin'.
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,898

    Don't spend too much time worrying about it.

    Just hope you don't hit a big one that throws a belt or something.
  7. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,445

    It's good to see the Toads & Frogs population's growing again. With that said their is nothing we can do to stop the accidental killing & suicide when they "jump" into the weedeat line when they could have stayed put ie(not paniced) & jumped avoiding quick death. I have become numb to this now so many deaths to ponder.

    I have noticed the population growth is mainly around building, and retaining walls and that's were I try to avoid killing them. When Im in widea area's or tall grass I seldom see the results; however I do know their are some casualties.
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,210

    yeah me too, i havnt hit any this year besides one trimming, cought him a little and felt bad. poor buddy didnt make it. He was sitting next to a telephone pole and i couldnt move the trimmer in time.

    Ive seen some HUGe ones though, i just watch out just like during bunny season.
  9. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 839

    I try to avoid them also. But I weedwack one in half. Felt kinda bad.

    Ran over a turtle. He closed up just in time. poor joker was soooo scared I put him out of harms way.

    Glad I have a Wright:drinkup:

    almost wacked a rabbit.
  10. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    I mowed a field earlier this year with a bush hog and damn, frogs EVERYWHERE! Hundreds upon hundreds. I avoid hitting them, I like them. Snakes are a different story! I aim for them. I'm putting in a decent size pond next year at the house and i'm going to take a few home!:)

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