Frog Phobia – Funny or Frightening – Fact or $ Fortune?


Fill up my property with lotsa frogs won’t cha?

The more I read about this local story, the more ridiculous it became. I did not post on it when the settlement happened this past April because I kinda felt bad for the guy up to that point since it was an ongoing legal battle for seven years.

Now I think that maybe it is what he wanted all along, a lot of people empathizing with his predicament – until he won a whopping 1.6 million dollars.


What did he win it for…

His frog phobia of course. A local contractor had the unfortunate luck to have his property inundated with a lot of shiny green, croaking amphibians. His property became a thirty acre wetland from storm water drained from a spanking new subdivision.


OK, the runoff water on his property is a grave infraction and property infringement, but did he have to magnify the lawsuit with his ‘fear’ of frogs? Hum… the swamp smells fishy here in my humble opinion.


He claimed to be “a prisoner in my own home” as the little Kermits ran wild over his swampy mosquito infested wetland. The guy was literally afraid of the hopping critters, and would not venture onto his 40 acre property without someone clearing the way of frogs.


Having mosquitoes as he claimed, he should have loved having the frogs and the tadpoles for mosquito control. Why did the legal action last seven years? I could not find out why the property was never fixed in all that time. As a contractor, could he have not fixed it himself and charged the company causing the problem? At least then the frogs would not have terrorized him for so long. This really was a bizarre story.


What I find ironic, that of all the destruction that development has heaped upon wetlands, this suburban development actually created one. In most places building upon or destroying a wetland would likely bring hefty fines and/or land seizure. This development actually created a healthy, thriving wetland and what happens? It results in a million plus settlement to the one requiring removal of the wetland and all the wildlife in it. Go figure…


With frogs disappearing around the world and nearly one-third of all frog species on the brink of extinction, you’d think this bounty of frogs would be a good thing. Not so for this guy.

Ever wonder how someone gets a frog phobia?


When just a little tyke in the Italian countryside, his parents worked in a vineyard. He remembers wandering off to a nearby property to snag some figs and he was chased away by a man waving bullfrogs. Weird huh, ribbit?


Now that this gentleman won his lawsuit against the town of Clarence and a developer, he is threatening to raise cattle on the land after it is frogless and dry. Think a little spite action is going on here? Oh, the aroma of cow manure in the suburbs… moo…. or more like… mooove.


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24 Responses to Frog Phobia – Funny or Frightening – Fact or $ Fortune?

  1. alesiablogs says:

    You sure know how to tell a story! Hope your summer has been great! Alesia

  2. What can I say except, if someone will help me build a pond, I will take a bunch of displaced frogs as refugees.

  3. Hilarious story! Anyone with a frog phobia had better stay away from here — my pond is inundated with them. I love them!! And I love your frog photographs. P. x

  4. I’ll take the pond and the mosquito control! This summer our mosquito challenges haven’t been bad. But I’m dunking, cedarciding and running a fan while we’re on the patio. Still, it’s much better than last summer.

  5. Interesting story. We all have our phobias, don’t we? Can’t really blame the guy for his fear, but …

  6. Emily Heath says:

    What a shame, I would have loved having a wetland, frogs are adorable. As for having thirty acres… living in London even a back garden of my own is an impossible dream at the moment.

  7. catmint says:

    hi donna, great photos, I’m thinking those frogs turned out to be princelings for the lucky contractor.

  8. A friend of mine is in a lawsuit with a grocery store chain because when the grocery store built a store behind her property they had all the run off directed toward her property. Needless to say the water washed out her driveway, killed all the fish in her pond as well as other damage to her property. She won the first round but the store appeals and so they have been going at this for 3 years now. So I understand why this took 7 years. I am thinking that because of the ongoing lawsuit he was advised not to clean it up until things were settled. $1.6 million seems a hefty sum. Of course the attorneys will get half of that. Do you know what happened to all the frogs? I hope that they were release somewhere with a healthy habitat! We have frogs in our pond for the first time and I am thrilled!

  9. As always, I wonder why us humans can’t leave other beings be…
    Why must we adjust everything for our own “good” and with no respect to nature.
    Great post, Donna.

  10. janechese says:

    chuckle…think some of these frogs are on the endangered list here in Alberta.

  11. Seriously! What a funny story. I love frogs, even as a little girl I was fascinated by them. Your photo’s were just wonderful.

  12. I understand his anger for the destruction on the property but not liking frogs and then using them to get money and cows for revenge…too much

  13. Reblogged this on barbsburnttree and commented:
    Good read!

  14. But, but…they’re so adorable!

  15. Love frogs and that first capture especially! Margie

  16. That’s a very funny story. I wonder how much of the settlement amount was allocated to the phobia. Spent the day with Jean touring gardens in Brunswick. It was a lot of fun.

  17. Barbie says:

    Oh – what a lovely story! I love frogs!!! How can anyone have a frog phobia! Shame! I would love to have a pond…. but my chickens would be “fishing” everyday!

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  19. Denise says:

    Frog Phobia. Haha, funny. You should send him some of your photographs. Seeing these beautiful photographs of those adorable frogs will surely cure him.

  20. Fergiemoto says:

    That’s quite a story!

    Several years ago, my best friend, from Japan, gave me a little porcelain frog, small enough to fit in a coin purse. She said the Japanese word for frog is “kaeru” and are considered lucky so that money (and friends and other good things) will at some point return. The Japanese word for “return” is also pronounced “kaeru”, but both meanings are written with different characters in Japanese.

  21. Brian Comeau says:

    Unbelievable. Don’t know what else to say…

  22. ginnytalbert says:

    Only in America! Are we not the most litigious society in the world? Great story to share though, and your frog photos are great!

  23. sharonftaylor says:

    One year we had the wettest summer ever in a previous house we lived in. We had tons of tiny, bug-sized frogs everywhere! They even managed to be in our basement! We would step on them and see poor little smashed frogs all over the patio and driveway.
    I can honestly say, if I owned a lot of property, I would prefer to landscape or farm it rather than have it turned into a complete wet land bog.
    We have a wet-land bog near our house, that seems to have been formed after a new subdivision went in and it is the most hideous, haunted looking sight around with dead trees sticking up in it and slimy water. It is an absolute eyesore, egrets or not.
    So while I can see your point, if I bought property thinking it was going to be one way, and someone’s negligence turned it into another, I might be a bit disappointed too.
    Enjoyed the delightful way you shared your story! It helps us to grow and to think to hear another’s point of view. Thanks for sharing!

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