Fred, Mr. Amphibian expert, wrote:
The frog pond, down beside the meadow, was quite watery on top. There is still a lot of ice underneath the water.
I saw a froggie yesterday in the goldfish pond. It was quite a mystery. They are supposed to be sleeping! Their metabolism lowers, they need less oxygen, and can absorb it from the water through their skin.
I chopped a hole in the ice with my hatchet. I could see Geraldine's arm today.
Hubby sort of laughed when he saw me doing this, but it was instinct. The green frog seemed to have issues.
North American frogs blood contains a natural anti-freeze and they can partly freeze and still re-animate themselves in spring.
Then Crafty Poet posted an article. "Breaking the ice could save a life. " UK frogs are different than ours, who must suffer regular -20 C. winter temperatures in Canada!
Today, it is getting colder again, with normal sub-zero temperatures soon. This is unusual, and must set off all sorts of flora and fauna! We're used to very cold weather, not this.