On the move

October 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

While it's been quite cool in the mornings, the afternoons have warmed up nicely, and I'm hardly the only organism taking advantage of climate largesse. On almost any walk, even a trek across the back lawn, I'm sure to put a few frogs to hopping away from my footsteps. The amphibians are definitely on the move, as they make the effort to pack in as many calories as possible before cooler weather heads prevail—certainly that'll happen soon enough; we're just about at the typical arrival of the first frost—and the frogs, toads, and salamanders are going to be seeking shelter from the gathering cold. This Wood Frog, discovered in the back woods, showed no sign of being in a hurry to bury itself under the leaf litter and, remarkably, freeze solid for the winter. If I could attribute human motivations to a batrachian, it sure looked like the WF was simply hanging out and enjoying the day. I couldn't blame the critter.


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