WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is the largest frog species of Oakland County, or for that matter anywhere in North America. Some specimens weigh over a pound and may be 10 inches long. They are a meaty mouthful for many predators and a slippery handful for a naturalist. Several years … Continue reading Bullfrogs and Green Frogs: Ambush Hunters of the Wetlands
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY “Nothing exists for itself alone, but only in relation to other forms of life.” – Charles Darwin Darwin’s timeless quote might just be the perfect mantra for the American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), the largest frog in North America. This giant of a frog is heard far more often than seen. … Continue reading Bullfrogs: Masters of the Swamp!
Photo credit: Taylor Reynolds WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY We knew winter really was over and spring was firmly taking hold on the wilder side of Oakland County when my hiking companion and I unexpectedly encountered an ancient amphibian ritual deep in the woods of Bald Mountain Recreation Area. Although light rain fell the evening … Continue reading Oakland County’s Vernal Ponds – Alive With Wood Frogs!
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY April is National Frog Month; it’s well underway and things are hopping. Frogs do some mighty strange things, at least in the eyes of humans. Knowing facts about the lives and abilities of frogs will enhance your frog month celebration. That’s what this special blog post is all about. Then it’s … Continue reading It’s National Frog Month!
Wilder Side of Oakland County Hungry snakes, branch-hopping birds, ravenous red squirrels and bigger frogs eat them. Nature-savvy adults smile at them in gardens. Little kids are mesmerized when one of these sticky toe padded predator with beautiful eyes crawls up the exterior of a window on a late summer evening to peer inside. The … Continue reading Last Call for the Eastern Gray Treefrog