Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finger Lakes Amphibians

American Toad, Brown Phase. Further south, American Toads are typically much darker, earning them the misnomer "Red Toad." This guy was hanging out on a woodpile, waiting for a cricket to show up. From the looks of him, he enjoys a pretty high success rate.

Green Frog, Annihilator of Tadpoles and Salamanders. First amphibian to colonize newly restored wetlands. Voracious predator.

Young-of-year wood frog on spaghnum moss. A little more sensitive critter than the green frog.

Red-backed Salamander in a restored vernal pool. Notice the tannins from the pine woods are leaching into the water, creating a very low (but fairly natural) pH.

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