Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Eye of Newt

Notophthallmus viridescens

These newts are rather elusive and rarely seen except for their mass migrations in early spring. In fact, they occur during the first warm wet night of spring. The first spring rain, such as on 03/09/06, will bring about their nocturnal mass migration into the nearby vernal ponds for their frenzied breeding. Because these newts are so elusive, naturalists will flock to the reservations to observe and photograph them. With the exception of their spring migration into the ponds, they normally spend their time in underground burrows. They live for approximately 20 years.

Ambystoma maculatum

Also seen concurrently are the spotted salamanders. They breathe through their skin, and therefore must remain moist. Thus, they remain nocturnal and rarely venture from running water.

It is rather unusual to see this little grey tree frog at this time during the year. It is still supposed to be hibernating. Quite frankly, this froggy looks rather groggy. Most likely it was disturbed and hence "awakened". Perhaps by the very naturalists trekking around.

Please click on the pictures for an awesome close-up!
Thanks goes to Thomas.


Blogger Jessica said...


In the reptile world, I adore snakes (not sure why - I think they are beautiful) and turtles have always had a special place in my heart - I cannot seem to stomach frogs (or the like)...no clue why.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 7:50:00 AM  

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