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    Default PA Woods and Forests Native Species

    This is an update thread on the Gray Army, the Western PA Woods and Wellsboro the Golden Toad. I will use this for now to share with you all what is happening.

    If you are unfamiliar with the concept of the Western PA Woods refer to the spoilers on the the link.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1563...9677685871602/

    So to sum up the Western PA Woods it's featuring 2 American Toads (male and female) and 3 Wood Frogs (2 Males and 1 Female). There are surprise organisms but not yet released to the public. These animals are all in my care now and if you've been following the older posts you know who Ace and Pious are. The infamous duo of American Toads that are the reason we have a Western PA Woods. Ace and Pious are good to go and they were once sick of parasites that nearly killed every animal in my care. Ace and Pious have rebounded and are working together and staying together like old times. No aggressive behavior and they seem happy together. I do believe they remembered each other when put back together after separate quarantine.

    As for the Wood Frogs they have yet to be treated. Wellsboro (who we will get to later) was very sick and needed to be seen first. So he's being finished up. The Wood Frogs are doing well and they are led right now by a bold leader named Titus. He is the largest Wood Frog and I believe would be left alone by Ace and Pious. I do not believe Ace would attempt to eat Titus but we will test her first so no fatality occurs. You haven't seen much of Titus or any Wood Frogs other then some photos but that's because I'm working on getting their trust and also getting them used to me. Titus is around 2-3 years old and looks to be eating the majority of the crickets. I will explain later of the tragedy that is going to happen where Titus is from.

    As for Azrael he was a message from God. hence the name because he is the first reported and documented Wood Frog in my woods next to my house. He just popped up one day on an abandoned road and it was a sign that I had chosen the right frog to work with for my project (refer to the link above). He's smaller and younger and starting to get a little bit more comfortable with me. Still jumpy but that's why it's a process. He looks very different from Titus and is at risk of being small enough to be potentially eaten by Ace. So I'm trying to fatten him up and give him a lot of prey to grow.

    Queen the female I am starting from a tadpole. She has yet to become a frog yet so we are awaiting the arrival of the Queen to metamorphosis into a frog.


    The Wood Frogs are scheduled to hopefully be checked before Frog Week. I need samples of poop and my other animals to stay healthy! If all goes well then Ace, Pious and Titus will all go in the 125 Gallon when it is built and Titus is cleared. Azrael and Queen will wait and hibernate alone so Ace doesn't attempt to eat them. We will hope they will grow over hibernation and will be ready next year.

    As for the process of the enclosure I got three plants and 2/3 of the lid. So we are starting to move forward with the process! It will take a while but I hope late summer to be done.


    Wellsboro"The Golden Toad" is the lone toad who is a large dominant older male. He doesn't get along with Ace and Pious so I am building an enclosure around him. I am not explaining how or if he is connected to the project yet but he will have the next project after the completion of the Western PA Woods. His home will be next because it's much cheaper then that of the Gray Army! So he was once sick from parasites also and he has been dewormed almost completely. He has one last round to go. He will patiently await his home to be built over the fall and winter.


    The Gray Army is interesting. Bane is overweight and Christian is being slightly treated for the parasites right now. We are in search of female Gray Tree Frogs to accompany Bane and Christian. Both are doing well and may soon in a month or two be reunited like Ace and Pious were. They will live in a lush utopian ecosystem of a new and innovative habitat. The Biopod Grand. A large "self sufficient" enclosure. They will be joined by Mosquito Fish and another guest in these lands. The Gray Army is getting healthy and are on pace for a reunion. There are massive surprises with the Gray Army but it will be much much later. Their enclosure might be a spring or summer build 2020. $1k is a lot to spend all at once so I'm going to have to budget. But they are third on the list so they will have to wait. Soon the Gray Army will be united and will reappear on my YouTube Channel again.


    So what are your thoughts on the plans for the 125 gallon Western PA Woods Vivarium?

    Should we have the PA Woods Community vote on a name for the home Wellsboro will live in? What's your suggestion?

    Do you want to see a video on the reunion of the Gray Army?

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    We have a lot to talk about...

    Good news all around for Frog Week and the native animals of the PA Woods Community. I have been very busy talking with Josh's Frogs and some other supporters of Frog Week and have been purchasing stuff for the update to the 125 gallon"Western PA Woods" with plants, plexiglass and a UVB light.

    Everything is good with Frog Week as the support is rolling in and I've been very very busy with adventures to record for you all at the release of the project. I am unsure if the 125 gallon is going to appear in Frog Week this year. The stand will be built and I should have the materials but it's still not a guarantee. That's the only bad part I have for you all in this update.

    Ace and Pious are doing very well and I honestly have nothing really to talk about. They are eating and living life healthy and care free.

    The Wood Frogs are starting to feed and I notice more of personality. Titus the largest frog eats the most and he just escaped when I went to feed him and he caused a long chase to get him back. He is safe and not hurt from the escape. He is more bold then the others. Azrael is timid but eating and doing good. He's thinner then Titus but not unhealthy. I've seen him hunting. The third frog seems okay but very shy so not much to report on for him. Soon the AC will go in and I'm bringing the frogs up here to my room to try and get them more used to me if that is possible with this species.

    Wellsboro looks impressive and his color and markings are so gorgeous. He is healthy I can't wait to give him a bigger home. Also he has a small amount of worms so he has to be treated for them one last time this year. He's doing well other then that.

    The Gray Army is doing well. Bane looks sooo big! He's the size of Titus the largest Wood Frog! He seems to be calm and content in captivity. Christian is being treated for the rash Pious, Bane, and Wellsboro had. The medicine is working and he soon will be treated and join Bane in the temporary home for a while.

    Everyone is okay and I'm compiling footage like I said. I'm getting them healthy and getting material to build the 125 gallon. Once that's done we will talk about more in detail designing Wellsboro's home.

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    We are getting close to the rebuild!!

    So as the above statement says the parts are coming in more and more. Almost all of the plants are in my possession. I'm waiting for some ferns that I ordered and the company hasn't really responded as to why it's taking over 3 weeks. I have just one plant to get which is the mystery plant. Then we will have all that we need to plant! I have the money for the misting system so that will be available on day 1 when the toads and wood frogs go in. The fogger has never stopped working and it's kept the plants alive from last year. I have a plan for them so they aren't getting wasted.

    Next on the agenda is accessories like bark on the ground and soil and branches. The stuff that makes the enclosure look cool! I'm thinking this might be where I spend the most money this time around. Since I'm not making a back I'm going to be able to spend and focus more on the ground. This means it's going to be very fun and well done on my part. I have all of the moss that I need pretty much. I even have different kinds I just need sphagnum moss. I will have to get more water dishes because they will be rotating in and out for different seasons. All of this counts as accessories for the tank. I have the stand we actually made one and I saved $275 with the decision.

    As for the animals there's some interesting things going on. Nothing new for the toads though. Ace, Pious and Wellsboro are all doing well and I think Wellsboro is finally dewormed. Ace and Pious are waiting patiently as their home is soon to be created.

    As for their peers the wood frogs we have some slight changes of plans for one individual. So as I have been exploring many places for the upcoming project focusing on the frogs and toads of Pennsylvania I have seen some places where homes are being destroyed to people using the land for growing timber. I looked at two of the wood frogs I have and realized that they don't have a home anymore. It's gone. Most of the forest around it will be too. Machines have come in and driven through the pools of water where these animals breed and their offspring have been killed. So there is no going back for Titus and the unconfirmed sex wood frog. They are staying with me.

    Then I looked at Azrael and saw his home. It's not going to go anywhere. I thought that it would be unfair to keep him if he can go home and the others actually can't. So I've decided soon to release him back to his home. I have some tadpoles from the places where Titus is from and they can't go back so I figure why not give a frog in need a home and let the one who has on go back to it.

    So Azrael will go but I'm excited to see if we can have a female from these tadpoles and one male. They will have a new home.

    As for the Gray Army they have an interesting situation. As some wood frogs are going, some gray tree frogs are coming. There are two members to the Gray Army and are awaiting to be cleared after Christian. One we believe to be a female. So the goal is going to be to get the gray tree frogs cleared at the same time as the wood frogs for taking to the vet.

    Christian is top priority for the vet and then the two new members of the Gray Army. I would like to get everyone together in one enclosure as they wait. They will really look like an army with now having the most number of specimens in my care. It's debatable what enclosure I will work on after the 125 gallon because of more and more inhabitants waiting for a home to be built. Wellsboro and maybe a wood frog will be waiting on one hand, and on the other the members of the Gray Army and the Mosquito Fish will be waiting. So the numbers may become the priority to get them together.

    What's more exciting the 125 gallon close to being back in commission or more members to the Gray Army?

    What's your thoughts on releasing Azrael back home?

    Who do you think should be next for their home to be built? The Gray Army and Mosquito Fish or Wellsboro and possibly the young wood frogs?

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