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AMPHIBIANS – My 2006 Nature Checklist

I decided to split up my 2006 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! Amphibians are the next family in my series of species that I have kept track of within Western New York State. I have also taken the Amphibians and split them up between Salamanders (8) and Frogs (7).


This year I had hopes of finding a Hellbender or Long-tailed Salamander along the Allegany River Valley but just didn’t take the time to get out and find them. Maybe 2007 will bring me these two species as “lifer” yet alone 2007 Salamanders that I don’t normally find. I also didn’t take the time to head out to Audubon’s property to see any of the Four-toed Salamanders which I had done in years past.

Spotted Salamander Vernal Pool

The “Salamander Night” occurred on the 12th of March 2006 this year which is much earlier than I can ever remember in years past. There were no larger numbers of them migrating to the vernal pools this year but more scattered visits over the whole week (than just one night). If you have never heard of “Salamander Night”, it is the first “warm” rainy night in the spring where the Spotted Salamanders migrate to vernal pools to breed. Many other critters like Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers can also been seen on this big night as many of us naturalist brave the elements to assist these Salamanders in crossing the road’s (and not get squished).

The three critters of the night Spotted Salamander Eggs

Here is my list of Salamanders which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. Red-spotted Newt 5. Northern Slimy Salamander
2. Northern Dusky Salamander 6. Wehrle’s Salamander
3. Allegany Dusky Salamander 7. Spotted Salamander
4. Red-backed Salamander 8. Spring Salamander

An American Toad

This was a wonderful year for me taking Frog pictures and I was able to capture all 7 species of frogs that I had seen this year! I was most proud of capturing my first ever “pictures” of a Bullfrog and Pickerel Frog. I wasn’t that successful in finding any Gray Treefrogs within the Allegany State Park area (the one species which I missed out on this year). I did see someone’s pet gray but they don’t count for my list! As most know, I have fallen in love with the Gray Treefrog ever since I first saw them in Michigan many years ago. Next years goal is finding this species here in the park (which they have been recorded vocalizing in years past). Expect the blog world to be woken up with my excitement when that happens!

Its about to jump - no bull about it This really is my first Pickerel Frog

Here is my list of Frogs which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. American Toad 5. Northern leopard Frog
2. Spring Peeper 6. Pickerel Frog
3. Bullfrog 7. Wood Frog
4. Green Frog  

cooling off in the pond Northern Leopard Frog

I can’t wait to see what amphibians in 2007 will bring me.

9 responses

  1. Great photos, as usual! Were you on your stomach to take the photo of the American Toad? I wish you success in finding your wish list of salamanders and frogs this year!

    4 January 2007 at 8:23 pm

  2. Thanks Nature Woman, can’t remember what I did with the toad!

    4 January 2007 at 8:50 pm

  3. Dan

    Amazing pictures! The salamander night must’ve been incredible to see.

    4 January 2007 at 10:30 pm

  4. I never gave much thought to amphibians, but you’ve got some interesting specimens there. Nice pictures!

    4 January 2007 at 11:49 pm

  5. @ Dan – it is very incredible to watch them out doing this! Thanks!
    @ Lord Garavin – I see most of these species, I figure why not try keeping track of them. Thanks!

    5 January 2007 at 7:12 am

  6. I love that snarl of spotted salamanders and the toad had quite a regal look! (toads can look regal?!)

    5 January 2007 at 9:23 am

  7. Heather (Ephemeron)

    Your pics are amazing, as always!! I’ve always thought amphibians are pretty cute! It’s wonderful that you help the salamanders cross the roads. 🙂

    5 January 2007 at 10:23 am

  8. Are toads a subset of frogs? Sorry I’m amphibian ignorant!

    5 January 2007 at 12:02 pm

  9. @ Lynne – I am looking at toads as a kind of frog!
    @ Heather – thanks and yep they are always cute! Helping across the road is the fun part of the night!
    @ Naturewoman – toads are a kind of frog!

    5 January 2007 at 5:47 pm

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