January 3rd – Statler and Waldorf

Statler and Waldorf

I snapped this pair once they had emerged for the evenings bug hunt.

Sitting there nonplussed, it immediately made me think of Statler and Waldorf, The Muppets cantankerous old hecklers sitting in the upper stalls.

Perhaps they knew a certain bearded human was about to confront them with a machine that makes big, bright flashes. It can’t be good for their stunning obsidian eyes.

Each night five or six of these gorgeous, plump green tree frogs (litoria caerulea) emerge from their moist hiding places, to begin their evening dining. They range in size (these guys are smaller than the others), and can often sit there patiently, one on top of the other.

In past years there were dozens of these green amphibians calling the gutters, pipes and pot plants around the garden their home, but the recent invasion of the cane toad have limited their population to a handful.

And your useless trivia fact for today? The voice actor for Waldorf was none other than Jim Henson himself, until his passing in 1990.

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