American Toad

American Toad, photo by James Marvin Phelps (mandj98). The UM Animal Diversity Web says that Bufo americanus (American toad): …have an immense ability to adapt to their surroundings as long as there is a source of semi-permanent water for them to use in the breeding season. This quality has allowed them to successfully colonize suburban … Continue reading American Toad

The Puff Adder aka Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake, photo by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Of the approximately 2400 species of snakes in the world, Michigan has just 17. The State of Michigan’s page on the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) says (in part): Description: A thick-bodied, slow-moving snake with a flattened, upturned “nose.” Color is variable some have dark spots … Continue reading The Puff Adder aka Eastern Hognose Snake

Frog Sex: It’s Complicated

BACKYARD NATURE, photo by John E Heintz Jr April is the time when we start to hear some of Michigan’s 13 species of frogs and toads making noise. While the green frogs pictured above were confusing their Frogbook friends in July, most of the distinctive spring frog calls are males advertising that they’re looking for … Continue reading Frog Sex: It’s Complicated

It ain’t easy being a frog…

It ain’t easy…, photo by stevedontsurf. Steven writes that: Actually, on this day, it seemed pretty easy being green. This guy was eating fly after fly as I snapped away. Must’ve had 5-6 flies in about as many minutes. He looked like lack of food was not an issue. Check it out background big and … Continue reading It ain’t easy being a frog…

Eastern Hog-nose Snake

Eastern Hog Nose Snake 2, photo by ShaneWyatt. The Michigan DNR page on the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) says this is a: A thick-bodied, slow-moving snake with a flattened, upturned “nose.” Color is variable some have dark spots and blotches on a yellow, orange, or brown background, but other specimens are solid black, brown, … Continue reading Eastern Hog-nose Snake

Northern Green Frog

Frog!, photo by StormchaserMike Photography. I nearly misidentified this guy as an American Bullfrog, likely confusing a whole new generation of readers just as they were recovering from Turtlegate. The Michigan Herps page on Michigan’s Frogs & Toads says that misidentification is common – the trick is the fold of skin running from their eardrum … Continue reading Northern Green Frog