Frogs and Toads

DSC03109So cute and unique, I just can’t get enough of these guys! If such fragile creatures can survive the cold New England winter then there is hope for the rest of us.

Frogs and toads are more elusive than mushrooms to photograph while hiking but if you see the leaves move, it is worth a closer look. They are masters of camouflage, and to survive the cold they make an art out of it.

American Toads dig deep in the dirt, below the frost line, and hibernate until their world defrosts. Wood frogs, the kind we first hear peeping in early spring, have a kind of antifreeze in their blood that allows them to live as far north as the Arctic Circle. They can thaw their frozen parts after winter and live again. Bull frogs will even swim around under partially frozen lakes all winter.

Amazing creatures!


More toad-ally cool info:

How to tell the difference between a frog and a toad

Amphibians and Reptiles of Connecticut

Books about frogs and toads – my personal favorite is the Frog and Toad series, which Cap’n J loves to read himself. Not an information source, but fun stories that can get kids interested in these strange creatures.



2 thoughts on “Frogs and Toads

  1. mindreadinghorses

    I remember going out to the park in Windsor one early spring day and finding a vernal pond filled with peepers, one of whom let me crawl around him and take pictures very very close. I was surprised at its interesting red color, and the deafening loudness of the hundreds of frogs. Last summer here on the farm, I could distinguish five types of frog by their songs. Never saw any of them up close, though. And also, one morning, I found a tiny frog nestled in the core of a little palm plant. Frogs are fun! And so are your excellent pictures of them.

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