Rana Ridibunda

DURING ONE OF our friend Judyshannonstreetwhat’s visits to Fuengirola (click here), she told me that as she crossed the bridge near our building that goes over one of the water run-off channels, she heard a baby alligator. She didn’t actually believe there were baby alligators living here (or grown ones), but that’s what she said she heard. Well, the other day, I was crossing that same bridge and I, too, heard the baby alligators. I stopped alongside a couple who were trying to figure out what was producing the sound. None of us could find the source. Today, I heard a cacophony of baby alligators and, lo and behold, I found one. I’m pretty sure it’s a Rana Ridibunda, which I think should be my drag name, if I ever need one. It’s the Latin name for a marsh frog, which I think is an odd thing to call a baby alligator.

DURANTE UNA DE  una de las visitas a Fuengirola de nuestra amiga Judy, ella me dijo que cuando cruzó el puente cerca de nuestro edificio que pasa por uno de los canales de escorrentía de agua, escuchó a un bebé cocodrilo. Ella no creía realmente que había cocodrilos que vivían aquí (o unos adultos), pero eso es lo que dijo que escuchó. Bueno, el otro día, estaba cruzando ese mismo puente y también escuché a los bebés cocodrilos. Me detuve junto a una pareja que intentaba averiguar qué estaba produciendo el sonido. Ninguno de nosotros lo pudo encontrar. Hoy escuché una cacofonía de cocodrilos bebé y, he aquí, encontré uno. Estoy bastante seguro de que es un Rana Ridibunda, que creo que debería ser mi nombre “drag queen”, si alguna vez lo necesito. Es el nombre en latín de una rana del pantano, lo que creo que es una cosa extraña llamar un cocodrilo bebé.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

24 thoughts on “Rana Ridibunda”

    1. David:
      Well, I’m glad to not live in a place where I might see a gator coming up out of the water.

  1. That wee gator needs a little feather boa…immediately thinking Gina Lola Brigeda as a possible baby alligator drag name 🙂

    1. Bob:
      Have you seen ME in drag. The name might truly be apt. (Although, I’ve never seen me in drag either.)

    1. anne marie:
      I can see how they reminded Judy of baby alligators. (Well, close, but no cigar.)

  2. Oh how cool! We will have to slow down and look next time we are over there. Luke has never seen one!

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Wow. Thanks for muscling through. I won’t do that to you again… without warning.

  3. Lookin for some lovin by the sounds of things!! That ‘season’ again!
    Look at all those ‘greens’! Nice shot.

    1. Jim:
      It’s unfortunately an ugly concrete channel to the sea. My close-up made it look much more “marshy.”

    1. Deedles:
      Maddie hates them! I find them interesting. Don’t know if I love them, but they don’t give me the creeps.

      1. Maddie also hates *cough* crocs 🙂 I wonder what his feelings on snakes are?

      2. Deedles,
        The Spanish for crocodile is cocodrilo. So if the brand were created in Spain, it would be called Cocs. And I’ll bet in that case Maddie would like them!

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