Have you heard a strange, turkey-sounding frog call?
Wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus, whose calls have been described as sounding like a turkey call or duck quacking, are adapted to the cold. They appear very early in the year, emerging from under logs or beneath leaf litter and migrating to woodland ponds, pools, and bogs. They mate quickly, with all eggs laid in the course of a few days.
Wood frogs are calling and mating in our area now, so tune your ears and learn the call of these small creatures.
These eggs, as big as marbles, were found this week in a ditch on the New River Trail Park property.
To learn more about the frogs and toads of Virginia, visit http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/amphibians/frogsandtoads/frogs_and_toads_of_virginia.htm