Spring Amphibians

Spring is the best time of year to get out and photograph amphibians. During the first warm rains of spring, the frogs and salamanders emerge and travel to their breeding pools. Driving along country roads, you can observe hundreds of amphibians crossing the roads.

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

1. Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), sitting next to the overspray of paint from the yellow line running down the middle of the road.

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

2. Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in its terrestrial juvenile form, known as a Red Eft.

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

3. Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

4 & 5. Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Eastern Garter Snake

A sure sign of spring is when I see the garter snakes emerging and looking to mate. I went out after work, but it was starting to cool down. I did find a few garter snakes, but not the numbers that my friend Clint had reported earlier in the day. He found over 20 individuals, including a breeding ball of 5 or 6 snakes. Hopefully I will have similar luck over the weekend.

Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter Snake