Seems we’ve had a lot of mystery plants lately. How about a mystery frog for a change!
What kind of frog is it, and how can you tell?
I’ll check back for your guesses!
No one ventured out in the heat to take a guess today. A late hint…it’s not by the color. Any of our local large frogs can be brown to tan to green.
This huge hopper is a Bullfrog. One way to tell is by looking at the webbing in a bullfrog’s toes; on the longest middle toe, the webbing does not go all the way to the tip of the toe. But how many of you human readers have been that close to a bullfrog–how many of us squirrels, for that matter?
The easiest way to tell on a frog sitting out of the water like this old fellow, is by the back. A Bullfrog does not lave those ridges running along the sides of his back. In science-speak, they are called the dorsolateral ridges. For comparison, here is a Green Frog, who does have the ridges.
See the difference? Hope this helps next time you are lurking around a pond and hopping with curiosity!