Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wood Frog

Wood Frogs are currently Lithobates sylvaticus; until a 2007 reclassification, the scientific name was Rana sylvatica. These frogs are fairly common in Michigan and throughout much of the US and Canada.  Wood frogs are one of the northernmost amphibians since they survive the winter by an extreme form of hibernation; they essentially freeze solid.

Springtime is breeding season for these frogs.  They lay their eggs in vernal pools in the woods so fish can't eat them.

My daughter spotted this little frog last weekend while we were looking for morels. 

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