Frogs on the Road [Video]
Friday night while the Spotted Salamanders were moving, I also had an opportunity to photograph some frogs that were also crossing the road.
female Wood Frog on the Road.
Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) were the most commonly found frogs for the night. The males are the darker frogs and the pinkish colored ones are the females. They are coming out of the woods in search of laying their eggs in fish less pools. Many might remember my post describing the amazing way that they are able to winter in our snow covered woods.
Wood Frog and Pickerel Frog Video
This was the first time that I have ever found a Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) during the big migration night. This Pickerel wasn’t the most cooperative in allowing me to photograph it but did capture a few shots. They have rectangular spots with yellow inside the hind legs and groin area. That yellow coloring reminds predators that they will produces a very distasteful skin secretion when threatened.
Pickerel Frogs are sometimes easily confused with Leopard Frogs who have more circular spots on them. Pickerel Frogs can be located in shallow water during the breeding season but much of their life will be spent in meadows, fields and the woods. They are very secretive frogs and very little is known about their breeding activities. It is known that they are one of our last frogs to go into its hibernation and commonly found swimming under the ice. I thought that it was neat having the opportunity to see this guy up close.
Of course . . . we did have a few Wood Frogs who couldn’t wait until they made it to the breeding pool.
Woodfrogs doing . . . well you know what!
Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) were not as vocal as I had remembered in years past but they seemed to be moving towards the pools in numbers. Being so tiny they could sometimes be easily overlooked when on the road. But for sure they were the cutest of all the frogs!
Photographing Frogs are very interesting and by finding them on the roads makes it 100 times easier than when they are in the water! I am glad I had this amazing opportunity and to take such great pictures of these guyss. On wet nights . . . you could also have this opportunity and note that all these pictures were done with my point and shoot camera.
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