Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wood Frogs

Spring is definitely in the air for these two love frogs!!   While clearing away leaves near the driveway, this pair appeared in the driveway.  They were probably headed for the stream or small pond in the wetland area.  My thanks to Bridget for seeing them hoping down the driveway.

The Wood frog is the state amphibian of New York.
Similar to other northern frogs that hibernate close to the surface in soil and/or leaf litter, wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues. Frogs can survive many freeze/thaw events during winter if not more than about 65% of the total body water freezes.
Wood frongs are one of the first amphibians to emerge for breeding right when the snow melts, along with Spring Peepers.