Michigan Frog Files: The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica)

Michigan Wood Frog

Frog, photo by Ron Abfalter

Word on the pond is that Michigan’s frogs are a little put out by all the attention my readers are paying to Michigan turtles, so here’s a little payback. The DNR’s page on Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) says:

DESCRIPTION: A brown or tan frog with a dark band (“robber’s mask”) through the eye and a white stripe on the upper lip. Small to medium – 2 to 21/2 inches long.

HABITAT: Woodlands, wooded swamps.

BREEDING: March-April, in woodland ponds and swamps often before ice is completely melted from pond. Egg masses are globular; many females may deposit in one area, often in deepest part of pond. Tadpoles will transform about 2 months later.

VOICE: A duck like “quack,” some describe it as “a lot of chuckling.”

RANGE AND STATUS: Common in moist wooded habitats state-wide.

You can hear the quacking call of the Wood Frog in this video and also learn more about wood frogs from the UM Animal Diversity Web.

View Rob’s photo bigger and see more of his photos from thePalms Supper Club & Dharma Cafe on Flickr.

More Michigan frogs on Michigan in Pictures!