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This Week's Amphibian Migration

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Posted by: tspuckler at Thu Mar 15 09:29:47 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tspuckler ]  
   

It's been raining pretty heavily in the Greater Cleveland Area until early afternoon, but then it stops, but it still is turning out to be very for seeing amphibians.


Wood Frogs were everywhere. I've never seen so many in one night (on this particular night I only stayed for an hour). Here's a female heavy with eggs. Unfortunately they didn't close the road like they usually do, so there were quite a few casualties. We called a ranger and he stopped by shortly thereafter to close it.


Although the Wood Frogs were calling in full force, there weren't many Spring Peepers calling yet. I only saw two on the road.


Salamanders tend to start crossing a bit later at night, but eventually they made their presence known.


But the Wood Frogs kept coming too. Sometimes I'd be photographing one and two or three would hop right on by. A few were orange and a few were pink.


A hybrid/intergrade thing that no one can quite figure out.


This spotted successfully crossed the "finish line."


Hey, that's a spotted salamander, but it's not a Ambystoma maculatum. This newt was probably looking to cash in on some tasty amphibian eggs.


Gray is my favorite color, and this Jefferson's certainly was a fine sight to see.


It was quite a night!



Third Eye


   

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