wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
CHARACTERISTICS: This is a small to medium sized, unspotted
frog with a black mask on the cheek and extending through the eye.
The dorsal color is from tan to almost black. The cheek patch is black
or dark brown, and nearly always discernible. This species breeds
from March to April. The eggs are deep chocolate brown in color
above and whitish beneath. This species is rarely found far from for-
est cover and is often found in caves. The voice is a hoarse clacking
sound suggestive of a duck, and they are often heard calling before
the ice is completely off but are usually silent after breeding season.
DISTRIBUTION: This species is usually found in or near moist
woods. They hibernate under leaves or logs in woodlands among
leaves. The eggs are usually deposited near the shore of a shallow
pond. They prefer shade and will breed at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
FOODS: They feed on beetles and flies.
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