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Wood frog

Wood frog

As February ends, I eagerly await the return of wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus, formerly Rana sylvatica) to my small garden pond to breed. Breeding wood frogs are one of the earliest harbingers of spring, and their cacophony of chuckling quacks provides a comic lift to end winter. They usually return to my pond in mid to late March. But in years with warmer and less snowy winters, like 2012, they can return earlier.

Wood frogs are 1 1/2” to 3” long and are usually tan or brown with a mask-like dark patch that extends behind the eyes. They’re found in the eastern US as far south as South Carolina and north to northern Canada and west to Alaska. They are the most northerly of all North American amphibian species and are the only frog found above the Arctic Circle.

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