A Night of Frogging in Delaware (same as NE chapter)

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A Night of Frogging in Delaware (same as NE chapter)

Post by The Jake-Man » September 22nd, 2013, 4:29 pm

This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Smyrna, Delaware overnight with my high school ecology class to do some general studies of salt marsh productivity. The planned studies that we did out in the salt marshes and tidal creeks were a ton of fun, especially seine netting. Unfortunately it rained most of the evening and all night, which was a downer for the rest of the class, but I saw an opportunity to find some lifer frog species. What began as a light drizzle went back and forth between a downpour and a monsoon most of the night. With my waterproof headlamp strapped to my noggin, a pair of swim trunks, and my camera phone safe in a zip-loc baggy, I spent about 4 hours walking up and down the road in front of the lodge, bringing a representative of each species I encountered back to the lodge to try to photograph it. This is probably the worst set of pictures I've ever posted as from a lighting/photography point of view, but it still beats being stuck in PA.

The first frog I saw on the trip I actually spotted from inside the lodge.
Hyla (species unknown) lifer adult -

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Hyla cinerea (lifer)-

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Lithobates catesbeianus

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Lithobates clamitans melanota- Apologies for the camera phone through zip-loc photo.

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Lithobates sphenocephalus (lifer)-

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Anaxyrus fowleri-

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Thanks for looking!

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