Beginning of the amphibian life cycle

After a walk at Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Bob and I stopped to chat with Robyn. Robyn is one of the naturalists at Wahkeena, and she was the original author of the Wahkeena Nature Preserve blog. Robyn asked us how our walk went. I mentioned that I had seen lots of amphibian eggs in pools of water, but I didn't know how to tell the difference between frog eggs and salamander eggs. She offered then and there to show us the difference. We went to a little pool and Robyn lifted up two groups of eggs Read more ➜

Wahkeena in June

We stopped by Wahkeena Nature Preserve this past weekend; unlike our previous trip, we didn't hike the trails there. Instead we focused on the marsh, pond, and streams. Water lilies were blooming in both the pond and marsh, and as you can see above, bees were busy pollinating them. Here are some more scenes from this wetland area. If you go to check out the marsh, we recommend using some DEET this time of year to keep flying pests away. We once again stopped Read more ➜

Frog Gender Identification

I had no idea how to tell whether a green frog was male or female, but now I do. And if you check out this post, you’ll know too. 🙂

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Amphibians at the Inniswood pond

Whenever I'm at Inniswood Metro Gardens, I stop by to see what's happening in this tiny, municipal wetland. And right now, tadpoles are what's happening. These two, very different types of tadpoles were co-existing in the pond. I wonder if they are different species of frog, or the same species born at different times? Let's take a look at some prospective parents. The happy threesome above are Eastern American Toads. You can distinguish toads from frogs because the skin Read more ➜

Ohio’s 15 species of frogs and toads at a glance

An article entitled, Ohio's Frog and Toad Species, states that there are 15 species in our state. To help me to learn to identify these species, I wanted to see photos of all 15 on one page. I selected a representative photo, but be aware that there can be a lot of variation in color for frogs of the same species. Below each photo, I note the range of colors that are possible for that species. Toads The "True" Toads Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus) The Eastern American Read more ➜