Pet-of-the-Day - Meet Mr. Froggo

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  • May 25, 2020

Mr. Froggo may have taken a two-year vacation in Penn Hall!

Your name:       The Biology Department

Job title/department:     The Biology Department--animals we have in our Lab (submitted by Karen Klein)

What kind of pet do you have (dog, cat, bird, etc.)?       He is a Gray tree frog. The Lab also has corn snakes, tortoises, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and other frogs.

What is your pet’s name?     Mr. Froggo

How did you come up with this name?    We really don't name the animals in the Lab, rather have the students who work with them give them new names every semester. But, "Mr. Froggo" has seemed to stick!

How old is your pet?  Around 4 years old

What is your pet’s gender?   Male

Describe your pet in three words:    Really heckin' awesome

What is the thing your pet cannot live without?     His NomNoms (what we call his mealworms)

Can your pet do tricks? If so, what?     It's not a trick he performs, rather, a Nature's trickery at its finest! He is perfectly colored/patterned to camouflage into the trees where he hangs out. He is often hard to spot!

Do you have a nickname for your pet?   Mr. Fancy Pantaloons. He has a bright yellow coloration under his legs that he flashes only when he wants to be extra-fancy, attract the ladies, or intimidate other Gray tree frogs.

You know your pet is in a good mood when he/she does this:   Eats!

Your pet’s favorite spot to hangout is:   In his tree

Does your pet like children?   Yes

Can your pet read your emotions?     I'm sure there is a whole lot more going on in his noggin than any of us realize!

Funniest moment you’ve had with your pet:     We enjoy celebrating holidays and events with him! Jeannie Smith (Professor/Biology) has gotten very good at knitting him tiny hats. :)

What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your pet?   He is great for educating students about adaptations--they love him!

Additional comments:   About four years ago, we brought in a bunch of tadpoles stranded in a drying puddle on Charlie Rinehimer's farm, to keep them from dying, and also for the Ecology classes to keep an eye on their growth progress. All of them were released later that semester, but we were unable to find one of them, assuming he died/desiccated. Over two years later, Dan (the Lab Manager) found a frog--this one--in the hallway of Penn Hall. He is too tame to release, so he is in the Lab.

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