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April begins with peepers and bullfrogs, with green frogs appearing during the month. The wood frogs are done with their noise-making and egg-laying and are quiet - April 1 is the last time I heard them. The gray tree frogs will arrive in May.
Painted turtle ... "Let me go!"
Spring peeper - they're winding down, but still a few left
Spotted salamander "nymph" - a newly-hatched egg.
One of my regular pond citizens, shopping for the next meal. It's a bonanza "seafood" smorgasboard for any critter who moves into THIS neighborhood!
X marks the peeper!
A classic marking on "Hyla crucifer" ... click to see the whole frog.
A cute spring peeper - and QUIET, for once!
Salamander puppies! ... growing in their jelly eggs.
Same guy as April 12, hangin' out in his favorite place - the pond's shallow overflow channel. For a "surprise in the eyes", click to see the enlargement.
Big ears! Bullfrogs are all over the place... I'm waiting for more green frogs to show up (the OTHER summer frog in this pond)
Typical bullfrog headlights, out on the grass at night.
Palomino peeper! Lighter than most.
Spring peeper, deflated
Bullfrog - classic profile!
Any scoopful of water near the shoreline will catch a few tadpoles every time. These are very small. I suspect wood frogs, because they have come and gone and done their breeding already.
Click on it to see how big it is.
The pink flotsam in the distance is a fall of maple tree blossoms (see April 4's Easter bonnet for a closeup).
Spring peeper with a BIG balloon.
The noise from a big blower like this is ear-splitting when you're close.
Just call me MISTER Bullfrog.
This guy must be several years old!
Next year's crop of spotted salamanders, growing in their Jello egg blobs. (A new page about eggs is coming soon.)
The spring peepers are still going strong! For what they sound like, go to Voice of the pond.
Bullfrogs come out of the water when the the air is warm and calm (over 65F/18C)
A surprise surfacing of a snapping turtle - several in the pond, but rarely seen.
Note added later, in July:
Rarely seen, that is, until this year! With a new camera that can shoot the far side of the pond, I have been looking for them, and seeing them often. See pond monster for an example.
Wood frog leaving the pond at night.
They arrive all at once in March to breed in the pond, then go back to the woods over the course of ... how long? This year I will watch for them crossing the road the other way on rainy nights.
For more about wood frog spring migration, visit salamander night.
First green frog of the season.
You can tell it's a green frog by the ridge that goes from the eardrum partway down the back. Bullfrogs don't have this ridge. (There are other ways to tell, but this is the easiest.)
This guy's balloon was unusually speckled, and reminded me of a pinto bean.
Sky in the eye!
This is the eye of the bullfrog in the "Easter bonnet" picture below. The sky is reflected in miniature in the pupil.
The pond is sprinkled with maple tree flowers, and this bullfrog surfaced right up under one.
A bullfrog and ...
Click on the picture to find out what the surprise is.
Spring peeper hangin' out in an acorn cap.
Notice that this one doesn't have the classic "X" mark on its back.
To see more peeper patterns, visit the peeper page.
Typical bullfrog in the water.
I see about 4-5 along the shore every night, and about 4-5 in the daytime. There will be many more as the weeks go by.
Spring peepers with spring fever !