Saturday, March 3, 2012

Green Frog

Last summer in the water feature, we thought we spawned a tiny and timid Loch Ness Monster. We slowly realized the monster is probably a Green Frog, Rana clamitans.
Green Frogs seemed super-abundant in Northfield last summer. Their abundance, no doubt, is related to their laying up to 4000 eggs per summer. The eggs hatch within a week, but the tadpoles overwinter and metamorphose into adults the next summer (MN Department of Natural Resources). I spied them in almost every roadside pond and even in other neighborhood water features. They often rested on the shore, leaping into the water to avoid predators.

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