Stand on my back and fertilize my eggs
My friend recently asked if I’d seen any frog eggs yet.
I’d only gathered tadpoles before, and wondered what frog eggs even looked like.
Yesterday afternoon one of two toads jumped into a pond as I approached. The toad below sat unmoving while I took a few pictures.
It was then I noticed long black strands of what looked like string. Toad eggs!
The nearby toad continued to sit still even after my kids and their friends stopped by to skip rocks. Luckily I have a one skip rule so she wasn’t too disturbed.
I’m assuming this was the female sitting quietly by freshly laid eggs since I read
the male steps on her back to fertilize the eggs she lays. Her end of the deal seems more physically demanding and more deserving of an extended rest.
So now I have a great jar of toad eggs!