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WOOD FROG (Rana sylvatica)

The wood frog is one of the first of our local frog species to begin calling each spring. After spending the winter hibernating under rocks, logs and leaf litter, they emerge shortly after the snow has melted and congregate in shallow vernal woodland pools. The sound of a breeding chorus of wood frogs is often compared to the quacking of many ducks.

Wood frogs are found mostly throughout the state, and are most commonly associated with moist woodlands. They are more terrestrial than most frog species, and are often seen throughout the summer far from water, foraging on the forest floor. The range of the wood frog extends further north than any other North American amphibian, to above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Wood frogs are moderate in size, with prominent dorsolateral ridges, and are usually reddish, tan or dark brown in color with a dark face mask. Wood Frogs have the capacity to change color from very dark to very light, and will darken when cold in order to absorb more heat.

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Last updated on April 15, 2014