April is one of the best times of the year to listen for frogs. All month long, waters are warming from the stronger rays of spring sunshine. As the soil and waters warm, frogs and toads start to wake up from hibernation.
Some kinds of frogs wake from winter hibernation earlier than other kinds of frogs. It is fun to listen near ponds, creeks, and marshes to hear the calls of frogs, and to try to find out what kinds of frogs are calling. You might be able to figure out the order of frog calls in spring, starting maybe with Spring Peepers and going right on until the late awakening Bull Frogs. When frogs wake up and what frogs you hear will depend on where you live.
Here are some things to try:
For help in identifying frog calls, got to the Chicagoland Frogs site. The Leaping Pad has links to many regional sites to help you identify frogs and their relatives.
- Identify the frogs and toads which call in your area.
- Keep a record of where you hear different frogs and toads - marsh, pond, stream.
- Keep a record of when you hear each kind of frog. Take the temperature of the water if you can. (Be careful, you may want an adult along for safety.)
- Try to see a frog or toad actually calling.
- Make a recording of frog calls.
- Find out why frogs call.
For other information about frogs and other amphibians (animals with backbones which start life in water and grow up to breathe from the air), visit The Cortland Herpetological Site and eNature.
Frogland has some frog jokes, and other fun things. There is also information about frogs as pets. Wild frogs should not really be kept as pets. Frogs already have problems from loss of habitat. If you are thinking of a frog as a pet, you might look into those sold at pet stores. If you buy a non-native frog, an African Clawed Frog for example, it should never be let go outdoors in the United States.