Wood Frogs

Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) are notorious for their opportunistic breeding behavior. They quickly congregate, mate and lay eggs during the first warm spell following ice melt in March or April. Low, repetitive, quacking sounds in vernal pools and wetlands announce this ephemeral breeding frenzy, but constant vigilance is still critical – if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss all of the action!

I saw a few frogs in a vernal pool briefly, four days ago. It was 18 degrees (F) and snowing this morning when I visited the same pool. It was much too cold for an amphibian –  but there were eggs in the pool! Done!!!

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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5 thoughts on “Wood Frogs

  1. They are so cute. Frogs were croaking like crazy in the marsh I was at yesterday. It was like a bad orchestra there were so many different frogs. The turtles needed to be conducting I think. I said to the other people I was with it was funny we were not seeing many birds with all that noise. So many waiting frog’s legs for the herons.

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