Frog porn

March 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Let me be blunt: none of the serial sexual harassers unmasked, it would seem, almost daily, has anything on Wood Frogs. Tonight, it was almost warm—probably close to 50—there was a slight mist in the air, and the small exit stream leaving the vernal pool complex I monitor near the house was awash with the season's first appearance of Spotted Salamanders. The males were frantically putting down spermatophores and hoping to find females to entice into accepting sperm, and while this was going on, I heard the familiar duck-like calls of Wood Frogs close by the silent salamander action. I followed the sound and found what can only be described as a Wood Frog threesome... no, make that a foursome... actually, another just jumped on before I took the shot, so it's a fivesome... Give it a moment and it may well be six males harassing one egg-laden female. Such is the way with Wood Frog sex, which, in the brief time they have for mating, can get pretty, well, kinky would be one way to put it. She doesn't appear to be enjoying the attention, and I've seen cases where the poor potential mom was actually killed from "affection." With any luck, she'll kick a few of the would-be inseminators off and settle for one or two guys, who'll fertilize her eggs and help start the next Wood Frog generation.


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