Monthly Archives: March 2012

Garter Snake!

Attention nature lovers! Spring has really been kicking it into high gear and now even the reptiles are starting to take notice. Bethanie Delfunt, a teacher/naturalist for the Delaware Nature Society, sent me pictures of our first reptile. It is a very healthy looking garter snake that was found in our backyard habitat ponds. It was no doubt looking for some wood frogs to chow down on!

These past few weeks have been full of animals waking up for this gorgeous weather we are having. Toads, pickerel, green, and bullfrogs were all found on a University of Delaware herpetology trip trip led by our own Jim White.

Stay tuned for next weeks update on the signs of spring for the past few weeks.

Delaware Frogs: Wood Frog

Hey nature lovers! Do you like frogs? So do we! It’s now the time of year that you are going to see these noisy amphibians all over the place. What we want to do at Ashland is tell you about all of these species as they emerge this spring. I know, I know, it’s not even spring, but the frogs are here!

The Wood Frog

Wood frogs are the northernmost found amphibian in North America; so far north, that they freeze solid in the winter to stay alive! In late winter, when the temperatures begin to climb above 50 degrees at night, these frogs will come out in swarms. Hundreds of frogs will head to vernal pools and freshwater marshes. These swarms leave thousands of eggs (500 to 3000 by each female) that will hatch in two or three weeks. The wood frogs head back into the forest after only a few days so be sure to check them out before there gone! Stay Wild!

Signs of Spring!

Welcome back nature lovers! It’s been getting rather warm here and there are many new signs of spring that came out this week.

Snowdrops were the first to show up.

Skunk cabbage is now starting to bloom and it is getting ready to smell!

Wood frogs are here!!! You can see there swarms in vernal pools and fresh water marshes. A definite must-see of the spring.

Make sure you check in next week to see what new signs of spring will emerge. Until then nature lovers, Stay Wild!