The CTF's are still here !
It's 09:30 AM and I am just now back inside from visiting my last mango tree with fruit on it. It's my 20 + ft tall Valencia Pride, a late season variety that still has many huge fruits still tenaciously clinging to the healthy tree. Only had two trees come thru for me this year, this one and the smaller Glenn mango. Despite the general low yield season here in Florida, these trees had 45 + fruits on each. All my friends are stocked up plus have two freezers full in my home. So am standing in some tall cotton for sure !! lol
I wanted to pick 5 semi ripe VP mango's and ship them up to a dear friend in Connecticut who is on welfare. I know they'll make her day !
Anyway, saw one huge pink & green fruit, - pulled and pulled, finally it snapped off sending me staggering back a few feet with leaves & the showpiece mango flying at me ! Wait, something else on me,..not one but two slimy Cuban Tree Frogs, one a teenager ( know them by size real well by now ) and the other a slimy adult ! Both were sitting on my left shoulder staring up at me, their slime splashed over the entire shoulder ( was wearing a sleeveless shirt ), and already oozing down towards my elbow.
After I got over the shock, ( hadn't seen a CTF hereabouts in a long time ), I brushed them off onto the grass, then thoroughly squashed them into CTF heaven or hell.
Had to then go inside and take another shower. So just curious, are any of you Web members out there still dealing with these disgustingly vile gluttons ?
On my small spread here, I have not seen any of the cute ( IMHO ) native green frogs in over a year ! Just hope they can somehow make a comeback.
Will be more aware now as I pull the remaining mango's down from their lofty perches. Had no idea the CTF's were still perching up in these trees,..am sure they cannot harm the fruits but will be on the lookout from now on anyway.
This post was edited by jofus on Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 10:36