Aili Pauline McKeen, Connecticut, U.S.A.
I live in central Connecticut, U.S.A., I've always enjoyed the outdoors and always loved animals. I never catch to keep anything indigenous, but often photograph the beasties I meet in their natural habitats. We do a lot of hiking. I'm also active in Girl Scouting. I dabble in about a billion other hobbies and crafts, including fiber arts (sewing) and gardening.
I'd give my husband Bruce credit for something....like it was all HIS idea...but he told me early on that he likes to have pets, but he can't be relied upon to take care of them. All the care is my responsibility, that's ok, I like it.
The amphibians I got from Bruce's
nephew. He had brought home about 5 different species of frogs, plus newts,
lizards, and fish, and but them all together in a 30 gal. long. Almost none had
their ideal habitats, and they certainly did not get along with each other. No
surprise when he started losing them. Figuring I "had a way" with animals, he
asked me to take them. My "way" with animals is to read about their needs and
try to meet those needs. I split the remaining creatures into two separate
enclosures: a wet-dry habitat for the fire bellied toads and newts, and a dry
one for the tree frogs. Though all frogs need plenty of moisture, these
particular tree frogs suffer health problems if the humidity is too high. Since
frogs exchange gases and liquids through their permeable skin, they require
absolute cleanliness or they suffer severely. The tree frogs are in a simple
habitat with a water dish, several potted plants, and a gravel substrate covered
with washable fabric. The gravel was required by the under-tank heater, and
covering it with fabric keeps the frogs from ingesting gravel as they catch
their prey, and its easy to keep clean.
A red-eyed tree frog; Agalychnis callidryas
The white-lipped treefrog; Litoria infrafrenata
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