Looking For Frogs?

For you herpetologists out there, there are still frogs to be seen here at the Museum. That’s not to say that you can’t see frogs here in any month of the year, you can. I’ve seen bullfrogs at the edge of the water while there was ice covering our wetland! They are, however, much more difficult to locate during the cold months and many species are dug into the ground or leaf liter of the forest in late fall and winter. So, get out and enjoy what frogs you can, while you can.

Green tree frogs are one of the species that will be soon be tucked-in underground, but you can see them now if you look carefully, clinging to vegetation along the Museum’s paths.

Green tree frog on palmetto leaf on Dinosaur Trail.

Pickerel frogs are essentially frogs of early spring. They’re true frogs, which means they belong to the family of stereotypical frogs that includes bullfrog, green frog, and leopard frog, among others. A series of warm wet days in winter may prematurely bring out a few pickerel frogs with their low, snore-like mating calls. They typically breed from February to April in ephemeral or permanent bodies of water, but can be seen a considerable distance from water during the rest of the year.

Pickerel frog on boulder near entrance to Dinosaur Trail.

Keep at least one eye open to the nature that’s all around you!

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