Of all of Ohio's frogs, the Wood Frog is best suited for winter. Early spring fluctuates wildly from balmy breezes with temperatures spiking into the 50-60's to cold windy, snow-splattered days. Wood Frog isn't phased. Truly a cold weather frog, range maps indicate their presence well into Alaska. This freeze-tolerant species can really "break the ice" at those vernal pool parties.
|Wood Frog, photo by John Howard|
Once I found Wood Frogs on my property, my whole life changed. Who could imagine a frog that lives in a forest and only visits the water once a year? Endlessly fascinating and barely known among "'normal" people. Certainly, if I have the power, they would be protected in my own yard. Thus, the vernal pool in the side yard was reclaimed from the drainage-tiled lawn.