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Young Pickerel Frogs Underfoot

9-6-13 young pickerel frog 049If you remember visiting a pond last April or May and hearing a low, snoring sound (the mating call of the male Pickerel Frog) you might see the end results of those snores if you re-visit the pond now. Young Pickerel Frogs the size of quarters are currently abundant on the banks of the ponds in which they grew up, as well as in nearby vegetation. After emerging from the water sometime between July and September, many of these first year frogs move into nearby fields, meadows and damp woods. They are only a few weeks away from burying themselves in mud at the bottom of the pond, where they will hibernate all winter.

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2 responses

  1. Roseanne Saalfield

    Mary such a well timed post. Jim and I have been birding the Oxbow once or twice a week these last few weeks and watching these little guys hop out of our way as we travel, sometimes nearly stepping right on them. I speculated they’d be burying themselves in mud in the river sometime soon. if Vermont is anywhere near as chilly as Harvard is this morning you may have been reading, as I have been for two hours, with a wool shawl over your shoulders. happy weekend, Roseanne

    September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

  2. our frogs are so important for the environment.. great little guy

    September 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

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