It was positively glorious out today...warm and sunny as days sometimes are in mid-February in North Carolina. I headed out with a mission in mind: I wanted to see if I could find some northern cricket frogs. We have both northern and southern cricket frogs and I can't tell them apart without catching them and looking at their little frog butts. Success! I caught and examined three cricket frogs -- all of them northerns. How do I know? Why, it was the presence of the infamous subanal tubercles.
Cricket frogs weren't the only amphibians out and about today. There were southern leopard frogs calling, a pickerel frog just waking up, some sort of young frog that may have been a green frog, and of course, lots of salamanders.
I had more fun than a grown woman should, chasing down and catching these frogs. (Of course, it wasn't until after I saw the pictures that I realized I really could use a manicure.) Anyway, if it has been a while since you grabbed (gently, of course) a wriggly little frog, I highly recommend it. Just be sure your hands are wet and chemical free when you do. All creatures deserve our respect.