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I recently took up weight lifting again. I have a job coming up where I'll be standing next to attractive thin women, and in my current condition, I would look very large in comparison, so it's the gym for me. I also began running again just over a month ago, barefoot of course ;-)

So yesterday, I packed my sports bag, including the usual things; clothes, shoes, headphones, gloves, etc; and left home. I spent a few hours in a local karaoke first doing song research, and then around 4pm headed off to the gym.

Frog in shoe

At the gym, it wasn't until I was preparing to put my gym shoes on that I realised I had inadvertently brought a guest along with me. There in my right shoe was a frog, and not a small one either! In Australia, they're called toads. Over here in Hong Kong, they're usually referred to as frogs. In Australia, they're a troublesome non-native immigrant pest. Here, they're native and harmless.

I couldn't leave him in the gym; he'd eventually end up dead somewhere; so I carefully lifted him out of the shoe and placed him in my locker. After my workout, I picked him up again, put him back in my shoe (he probably peed in there but oh well...) and took him back home, which incidentally is also his home, and set him free again.

In our previous home, we had the occasional wild visitor. We had the occasional monkey, one or two snakes who fortunately remained outside, and we had several centipedes come inside. Since the centipedes can deliver a very nasty sting, I would pick them up, usually with bbq prongs, and move them back outside again. We never had frogs though.

Centipede Centipede Centipede

Our current home has quite a few froggy visitors. I don't mind the frogs, but they can attract other visitors, in particular snakes looking for a tasty meal. On one occasion, I discovered a 4' snake on our porch. When I carefully pulled various objects back to see him more clearly, I discovered that he had one frog in his mouth half swallowed while eyeing another frog just in front of him. When the snake saw me, he slivered off very quickly leaving one very relieved frog behind him. I don't mind snakes either, but ever since that encounter, I've made a point to move all frogs found within the house or on the porch back to the neighbouring scrub area. Our kids don't really know their way around snakes, and I wouldn't want to see one of them get fatally bitten.


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5 Responses to “Hitchhiker”
  1. Vivian says:

    At my new home in Che Keng Tuk, i have unexpected visitors--two crabs and a little black mouse. They would walk around my living room and hide under my couch!

  2. Irene says:

    I don't have a problem with frogs, toads or snakes but I can't stand insects or spiders. In Perth you can get those jumping spiders who jump up at you if you get too close. They're quite scary. We don't get too many centipedes but there are lots of spiders and beetles.

    Cane toads weren't so much of a problem in WA a few years ago but they're breeding and multiplying at an alrming rate. So they've started to move closer and closer from the Eastern states towards us. Not such a good thing.

  3. sk says:

    wow that's a lot of visitors!!!

    hahaha, maybe the frog in your shoe was the frog you saved the other time and it's trying to find some way to 報欣 (can't find the english word for it.. hopefully those are the right chinese characters too)

    i personally don't like frogs, but that's a cute picture of him! :)

  4. Glen says:

    Hello Gregory and all.
    I presume you are talking about the cane toad, for those who dont know. A month ago I found a blue tongue lizard in my back yard, it must have been a pet. But it was dead the poor thing. We have large millipeeds in Victoria but you mainly see them in the west of the state, and they're wonderfull. Snakes well not near my place as it is residential. Have fun then.

  5. Philip says:

    This is hilarious! A frog inside your shoe?! What's your first reaction?