A Plague Of Frogs?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 1:01pm

Baby frogs invade Florida neighborhood.

 

A St. Augustine, Florida neighborhood is weathering a plague of frogs.

Biblette Anderson's day starts with the same sounds each morning: frogs and the broom.

"Went out to take the dog out and they were everywhere," Anderson said. "It was just like there were a million of them out there."

She said the baby frogs appeared in her neighborhood last week.

"At first I looked, I couldn't really believe it," she said. "I was like, those are frogs."

She said they appear overnight.

"Like the whole sidewalk and driveway was covered," Anderson said. "It was literally covered with frogs."

Every morning, she sweeps them off the porch and the driveway.

Some of them have been accidentally killed with the broom.

The surviving frogs move on as the sun comes up, but the stench stays.

Anderson said she is scared to let her grandson play outside with dead frogs littering the yard.

One neighbor had a theory on the origin of the frogs, saying "the biblical set where all the frogs were set down, that's what happened here."

But Anderson is more interested in when they'll be gone than how they got there.

"After the sun comes up, that's it, they leave," Anderson said. "But they'll be back."

Anderson said she contacted the St. Johns County Health Department, but they do not handle frogs.

Florida Fish and Wildlife said the rain has made good conditions for hatching tadpoles but that the frogs are nothing to worry about.

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