Terrestrial frogs breeding in wetlands for brief periods each year often err in mate selection. With limited time to find a mate, they seize any opportunity, grabbing almost anything that moves.
Every winter we look forward to seeing our resident Spotted Salamanders as rain brings them to the surface for a couple weeks. Not only are they beautiful salamanders, but they also have fascinating life histories. In this month’s episode of Fieldnotes, Ben talks about Spotted Salamander ecology and their unique symbiotic relationship with algae.
Frogs and salamanders are what’s known as “gape-limited predators”, which is a fancy way of saying the size of their mouth is the biggest factor behind what they will eat.
Ornate Chorus Frogs are some of the first pond breeding amphibians we see every winter in the Georgia Coastal Plain. Join Ben on a cool January night as he encounters this colorful species.
“Sirens are aquatic, eel-like salamanders that lack hind limbs but have fully developed front limbs…”