Saturday, April 3, 2021

Looking for Frog Eggs

Recently I had the opportunity to help the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources look for spotted frog eggs. The females lay their eggs in the spring, often when it seems unseasonably cold! Fortunately the snow had melted, but we were still wearing coats and hats.

I went to a spring I had never been to before. It was like many desert springs, isolated and surrounded by vegetation that can withstand the heat and dryness of the summer. Within the spring, it's so different. The water provides an opportunity for different creatures to survive.
It had been several years since I had looked for frog egg masses, but fortunately it didn't take long to regain my search image. Each female lays one cluster of eggs. We count the clusters and determine their age range.

How many clusters do you see in the photo below? I say at least 17. That means 17 spotted frogs laid egg clusters here!

Most of the egg clusters were relatively young, but we did find a few tadpoles. You might have to use your imagination a little, the photo isn't good.

The frogs were very quiet and I only saw one, which fortunately a colleague caught. The spotted frogs are not very large.

It is so cool seeing new life and spring starting. I appreciate the opportunity to look for the frog eggs. Have you seen any this spring?

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

By the look on the frog's face, this was the scariest thing that ever happened to her!

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