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Pickerel Frogs Calling

5-2-13  pickerel frog IMG_9431If you’ve spent time at a pond recently and heard what sounded like someone snoring, you weren’t hallucinating! Male pickerel frogs have started calling to attract mates, and each species of frog, just like birds, has its own distinctive call. Spring peepers peep, wood frogs clack and pickerel frogs snore. Their snore isn’t long – it only lasts a second or two — but it’s unmistakable. Pickerel frogs call from under water, as well as on top of mounds of vegetation, so if you hear one and then search for it, it’s very possible you may not find it. (My sincere apologies-computer failure prevented me from posting on the previous two days.)

7 responses

  1. Mary Wieland

    I haven’t seen chipmunks yet. Are they out of hibernation now?

    Sent from my iPad Mary

    May 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    • Yes, chipmunks, at least in central Vermont, are up and out!

      May 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  2. Rita Pitkin

    Chipmunks are out in the NEK too.

    Mary – A day or two ago I began noticing what sounded like snoring on the large beaver pond where I live, I assumed it was a duck (have a variety on this pond) – do any ducks make this sound too?

    May 3, 2013 at 12:03 am

  3. Rita,
    I don’t know of any ducks that snore — I’m willing to bet it was a pickerel frog!

    May 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

    • Rita Pitkin

      Well, I’ll be – I am always learning something new out there! Thanks Mary.

      May 3, 2013 at 12:58 am

  4. Lynne Fitzhugh

    Mary, no need to apologize for missing a day or two, though I look forward to every posting. This is such a wonderful free service, full of such interesting information, you don’t owe us a thing.

    May 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  5. Thank you so much, Lynne.

    May 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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