Frogs and toads are an indicator species that reflect the health of our ecosystems. We all anxiously await the first calls of the Spring Peepers in April. It sets our hearts to singing.
• Water at 50 degrees:
Spring Peepers: 1.5”long, lifespan of 3 yrs,
call is a short, whistling, peep, peep, peep.
Chorus Frog: 1.5”long,
call is a “Crrreeeek Crrrrreeeeek,”
like the sound of a finger running down a comb.
Wood Frog: 2”long, lifespan of 3 yrs,
call is a “duck-like quacking”.
• Water at 60 degrees:
Leopard Frog: 5”long, lifespan 3yrs,
call is “snoring croaks” like plucking an inflated balloon
American Toad:4.5”long, life span 5-10 yrs,
Call is a sweet, high pitched trill, 30 sec, long
• Water at 70 degrees:
Green Frog: 4”long, lifespan 5 yrs,
calls back of the throat sounding like a loose banjo string, “gulp, gulp”.
Bullfrog: 6-8”long, lifespan 5-6 yrs,
calls “Jug-O-Rum, Jug-O-Rum.
If you are fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, you will be mesmerized by the rapture of the symphony of our Squash Lake amphibians. Pause quietly and their music will transcend your soul.
Submitted by Karen Isebrands Brown