hi every bloggie!
it's happy eYewatch day! I'm sad to say this may be my last post about frogs until the spring. Yep... my pals hibernate so today's eYewatch is about the changes mr. frog goes thru for hibernation.
First of all, I am no expert. The information was found on Nature Trivia. I just like to hunt them.
Okay, now to enter hibernation, several changes in position and behavior can be seen. Mr frog spreads the legs into a "four-point stance" after its body temperature has dropped to near freezing. See!
At the bottom of a pond, this stance provides stability against any activity that might dislodge it from its winter refuge.
During hibernation, debris and other organisms may scrape across the eyes. To protect the eyes from damage, the frog raises a special "eyelid" called a nictitating membrane. At the same time, the bulging eye is pulled closer into the head. Peepers are closed. Kinda creepy looking.
And the most significant change is in respiration. As the frog cools, it requires less oxygen. A cooler frog can stay completely submerged for longer periods of time, only surfacing occasionally for a needed gulp of air. Hey where did he go?
A hibernating frog may look like it is dead. It can be placed on its back and show no inclination to turn over. Good thing most are buried in mud under the pond or my lips may find them again. And my final tribute to mr. frog until the spring. eYe went a little crazy.....