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Amphibians – 2007 Checklist

I decided to split my 2007 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 in 2007. I have taken the Amphibians and split them up between Salamanders (9) and Frogs (7).

Spotted Salamander
Spotted Salamander

The Spotted Salamander started their migration to the vernal pools on the 26 March 2007. We also had Red-spotted Newts, Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs and American Toads out with the Spotted Salamanders. I had another big amphibian night on the 19th of June after some long waited rain with Bull Frogs, American Toad and Green Frog out along the roads. The highlight Salamander of the year had to be my up close encounter with a Mudpuppy! I can’t wait to see amphibians cross my path in 2008!

Northern Slimy Salamander
Northern Slimy Salamander

Here is my list of salamander (amphibians) 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 6. Wehrle’s Salamander
2. N. Dusky Salamander 7. Spotted Salamander
3. Mt. Dusky Salamander 8. N. Spring Salamander
4. Red-backed Salamander 9. Mudpuppy
5. N. Slimy Salamander  


Here is my list of toad/frogs (amphibians) 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):

10. American Toad 14. N. Leopard Frog
11. Spring Peeper 15. Pickerel Frog
12. Bullfrog 16. Wood Frog
13. Green Frog  

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27 responses

  1. Wow Tom!
    I just have to move out of the city!
    I love all of your wildlife.
    These amphibians are incredible.
    I am lucky to see a frog or a toad in the backyard.
    Happy New Year.
    May you see lots of lifers in 2008.
    Thank you for posting incredible pictures and great “real” information.
    I always learn something new when ever I visit.

    1 January 2008 at 7:37 pm

  2. Lisa at Greenbow

    Gosh Mon@rch, I would follow you around like a puppy if I could see all of these amphibians.

    I have seen and/or heard most of the frogs. I did a frog study a few years ago. I learned all the frog calls for the species around here. It was fun. I couldn’t get anyone to go out at night with me and I am a big chicken to go too far out too late by myself. It was a fun project.

    1 January 2008 at 7:58 pm

  3. So cool you see all of these amphibians! Hope you see even more this year!

    1 January 2008 at 8:16 pm

  4. Wow, Tom, I’m impressed! I saw 1 frog and 2 toads last summer and didn’t even know their names. Haven’t seen a salamander for at least 30 years…. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Now I need to see if I can improve on these results in the coming year.

    1 January 2008 at 8:38 pm

  5. You KNOW I love the amphibians. I remember your salamanders last year and you inspire me to keep lists. I don’t even have a life list of birds. Shame on me. 2008 will be different!

    Happy New Year, Tom. May it be filled with very long CHECKlists.

    1 January 2008 at 9:10 pm

  6. @ Sherry – Living in the middle of no where is paradise for sure! Thanks and Happy New Year to yourself!
    @ Lisa – thanks and would love the company! Being out at night is the most fun time to be out!
    @ Pam – Thanks and I hope so also!
    @ Ruthie – 30 years . . . you need to come out and visit! We could make your adulthood and see many of them!
    @ Mary – Thanks and do keep a checklist for the year! You would be amazed at how many you would really see!

    1 January 2008 at 10:01 pm

  7. Moe

    That’s great! I love that pic of the spotted salamander! Well done!

    Happy New Year!

    1 January 2008 at 10:13 pm

  8. Why is that salamander smiling at me?!?

    He looks like he knows something dirty about me.

    Quite a list, Tom! Here’s to a big bad 2008!

    1 January 2008 at 10:15 pm

  9. @ Moe – thanks and a fave of mine for sure!
    @ Susan – is their something dirty for him to know about? Thanks!

    1 January 2008 at 10:47 pm

  10. Happy New Year!

    That’s an impressive amphibian list.

    2 January 2008 at 12:12 am

  11. Wow, look at that ancient golden ring in the bullfrog’s eye — what amazing little beings you play with 😉 I think that golden ring is a sign of a lot of good things to happen in 2008 — have a fabulous New Year, Monarch! 🙂

    2 January 2008 at 1:34 am

  12. Love the amphibians! Frogs are a joyful event whenever we see them and salamanders a special surprise. We are heating the garden pond so it doesn’t freeze solid to accommodate one leopard and two green frogs that decided to move in this fall

    2 January 2008 at 6:40 am

  13. @ John, thanks and Happy New Year
    @ Dovelove – thanks and I also have one even closer of its eye! I hope it does bring many great things in 2008, thanks!
    @ Threecollie – Great time of the year when the frogs and salamanders come out! That is great your two frogs are able to stay in your hot tub.

    2 January 2008 at 7:42 am

  14. That spotted salamander is too darned cute! 😀

    2 January 2008 at 11:33 am

  15. Love the salamanders–all I see around here is the red-backed salamander.

    2 January 2008 at 3:55 pm

  16. Well, your list has me beat about about 14 species this year. I really need to get out and find more in 2008. And I would love to see one of those spotted salamanders.

    2 January 2008 at 4:00 pm

  17. For reasons I cannot explain, I have always found salamanders so appealing. Love the smile on that spotted salamander’s face.

    2 January 2008 at 4:24 pm

  18. Grace

    Hey, less than 3 months until spotted salamander rescue night!

    2 January 2008 at 5:31 pm

  19. Congratulations. I should go hiking with you! I had a red-spotted newt as a pet when I was a kid – hopefully its not longer legal to trade. Are they common?

    2 January 2008 at 5:46 pm

  20. @ Lisa – sure is, thanks!
    @ Joan – thanks and they are very common around here also!
    @ Bobbie – they are great little guys and I could use that picture in every post that I do! Thanks
    @ Grace – tell me about it, I am ready already!
    @ TR – thanks and I see many Newts! It is very much frown upon to take Salamanders /Newts now day!

    2 January 2008 at 8:27 pm

  21. Tom


    Very cool shots. I love wide angle closeups. The spotted salamander pose is priceless.


    2 January 2008 at 9:42 pm

  22. @ Tom – thanks and that Spotted is a fave of mine! Thanks

    3 January 2008 at 7:26 am

  23. Oh, wow, those pictures are fantastic. That head-on one is just priceless. I just don’t know how you get such great pictures! I did see some kind of salamander swimming in a lake while we visited your park last year. I hadn’t seen one since I was a kid so I was pretty exited.

    4 January 2008 at 12:51 am

  24. Sounds like a probable newt! Thanks Erie!

    4 January 2008 at 12:23 pm

  25. Great content!

    6 January 2008 at 8:57 pm

  26. That spotted sure is a cutie!
    I tried (and failed) to find them migrating here last year.
    I’ll try again in 2008–would so LOVE to be eye-to-eye with that grin!

    Your successes make me want to get out and do more…(now, can I?)

    7 January 2008 at 9:21 pm

  27. YNJ

    Do you happen to have any pictures of Red F’s, i’m doing a bio project and was wondering if you have any you’d be willing to let me use.

    5 February 2009 at 10:11 am

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