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I took a short walk to feed the pokemon I have guarding the gyms in town, and when I turned down the alley to walk to the post office, I saw on the ground what appeared to be a small plastic frog. Upon further inspection (and by "inspection" I mean I poked it with a rock), it turned out to be a real frog. A very dead real frog, but a real frog nonetheless. It didn't appear to have been stepped on or ran over, so I'm thinking one of the hawks had it and dropped it and that's what killed it.

I did not take a photo because I didn't want to post a photo of a dead frog, but when I came home I googled it to try and determine what species it is, because I've never seen anything like it locally, and I could not find a goddamn thing out about it. Ohio has fifteen different species of frogs and toads and this didn't match anything.

It was a light green color, almost a mint green, with orange down its flanks and gray-ish colored limbs, and was maybe four inches long.

But, in my googling to try and find out what species this frog is, I did find out something pretty cool that I did not know prior, and that's that Ohio has lizards. Apparently, we have five-lined skinks, broad-head skinks, and ground skinks.

The last time I'd seen lizards in the wild was when I was like eight years old, and my uncle took me to disney world with them. There were brown anoles everywhere and I spent quite a lot of my trip trying to catch one, and failing miserably. I had no idea that Ohio even had a climate that could support any type of lizard, and now it's on my bucket list to find at least one out in the wild.

Also unrelated but not really: when I was about ten, my dad had bought me a few green anoles as pets, and in school, we had daily journals we had to do that had to be turned in and graded. I often wrote about my lizards, and my teacher always redlined and corrected "anoles" to "animals," and this got on my nerves like nothing else. I started including "a small lizard" in parentheses any time I mentioned my anoles, and she still wasn't getting the hint. I even once added at the beginning of a journal entry "an anole is a lizard please stop changing it to "animals" and she even crossed out the "anole" in that sentence and added "animal" in. It took me drawing several random animals at the bottom of my journal entry with the label "animals" and a lizard with the label "anole. An anole is also an animal, but this lizard is called an anole" before she finally stopped correcting it.

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