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Wood frogs announce spring is coming

The wood frogs are spawning now. I caught these two in amplexus.


Wood frogs are the first frogs to come out. This is the species that freezes in the winter and comes out fine as soon as it starts to thaw a bit.  They have blood that acts as sort of an anti-freeze agent that prevents the tissue from being damaged.

They can lay eggs in frigid water, and the tadpoles will be fine.


Winter is slowly fading from us. The wood frogs are the first sign.




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Northern green frogs

They love to hang out in muddy trenches on logging roads.




These frogs are closely related to the American bullfrog, but for whatever reason, they are much more common here than bullfrogs are.

Of course a congregation of frogs will attract their predators!


I don’t think there is a raccoon anywhere that can pass up some frog legs. (Or the rest of the frog for that matter).

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I’ve never got footage of one actually making the sounds! It was misting rain last night, and he was calling from a black cherry tree!



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Penny toad

I cam across the first fully metamorphosed American toad of the year this morning. They are about the size of pennies, and one good name I’ve heard for them is “penny toads.”


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Big ol’ frog on a log

Very large bullfrog:


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While a wood frog tadpole eats gunk of its back!


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Two red-spotted newts engaging in amplexus. It’s rough!

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