The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share (MPSIMS)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-09-2010, 09:03 AM
Not a Platypus Not a Platypus is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2006
My frogs make noise!

So, I've had these african dwarf frogs for a while now, but since they're tiny things they aren't going to make loud noises. Sometimes I hear this weird creaky noise when our office is quiet, but I could never figure out what it was. I thought maybe it was my computer, ears, or something outside.

It finally dawned on me today: My froggies are squeaky little beasts! I've only ever heard them when it's dark and quiet, usually early in the morning. So cute
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 01-09-2010, 11:24 AM
gonzomax gonzomax is offline
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: michigan
Posts: 26,307
My turtles do the same thing. Most people don't know that. late at night when it is quiet, you can hear them squeaking at each other.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-09-2010, 11:41 AM
EddyTeddyFreddy EddyTeddyFreddy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Exurbia, No'thuh Bawst'n
Posts: 12,371
Well, if they're squeaking that much, shouldn't you oil them?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-09-2010, 12:30 PM
FloatyGimpy FloatyGimpy is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Laying in bed and hearing the "neeeeep" "neeeeeep" of my African Dwarf frogs always makes me smile.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-09-2010, 05:06 PM
PapSett PapSett is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2005
I used to have 3 fire belly toads and I loved listening to them sing. And when I put crickets in for them to eat, the crickets would sing, too... it was a regular Wild Kingdom!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-09-2010, 05:48 PM
SpazCat SpazCat is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
I have a White's Tree Frog and she is LOUD. No squeaking, but every now and then she lets loose a "braapbraapbraAPBRAAPBRAAPBRAAPBRAApbraap" that makes you wonder how something that small can make a noise that big. The first time someone hears it they jump and look around trying to find out where that strange sound is coming from. I did, too.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-09-2010, 06:05 PM
Malleus, Incus, Stapes! Malleus, Incus, Stapes! is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
My roommate's mice sometimes squeak in the night. More often, they make noises while they're scrabbling about that almost exactly sound like Roommate typing at her computer. This confused my sleep cycle for a bit, because our room doesn't get much sunlight so my main cue that it's morning is that Roommate is up.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-09-2010, 06:27 PM
jayjay jayjay is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzomax View Post
My turtles do the same thing. Most people don't know that. late at night when it is quiet, you can hear them squeaking at each other.
So the voice of the turtle really IS heard in the land, huh?

And Not A Platypus, don't discount them because they're small. I had a spring peeper once (raised it from a tadpole). They're TINY. The average size is at the smallest end of the African Dwarf range.

One day, this incredible RACKET started up...like the biggest goddamn cricket you've ever heard. BREEK! BREEK! BREEK! BREEK! BREEK! My entire family was trying to figure out what could possibly be making such a loud sound...until we noticed that the peeper's throat pouch was going in and out in perfect time to the sound.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-09-2010, 08:00 PM
JillGat JillGat is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Posts: 3,859
I think only the boys sing. At least with African Dwarf Frogs. Are you sure your Tree Frog is a girl, Spaz?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-09-2010, 08:41 PM
SpazCat SpazCat is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Quote:
Originally Posted by JillGat View Post
I think only the boys sing. At least with African Dwarf Frogs. Are you sure your Tree Frog is a girl, Spaz?
No. S/he has a unisex name (Bobbye).
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-10-2010, 11:20 AM
romansperson romansperson is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 3,347
I used to have an African water frog and he would sing late at night. Neat little critter.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-10-2010, 09:53 PM
Askance Askance is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 6,713
Our frogs just sit in their ponds and say BONK all night, and by golly after two or so years of lonely calling they did just that - ponds full of spawn. They're striped marsh frogs. My father in law slept over once and thought it was a tap dripping, he spent half the night looking for the faulty faucet. Click on the "hear it now" link in that page to hear it!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-12-2010, 11:28 AM
Johnny Angel Johnny Angel is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 3,535
I knew someone who had a frog that sounded like Barry White. It would say, "Baby, baby, baby, baby..."
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.