|"Your eyes would be big too if Brian squeezed you!"|
Just after dark we began exploring the drainage. Brian spotted a green frog, Lithobates clamitans, renamed from the old genus Rana simply to confuse me. This is a large frog frequently mistaken for a bull frog. The green frog has prominent ridges running down each side of its back which don't occur on the bull frog. They both eat anything that will fit in their mouth while their tadpoles are vegans, living on water plants and algae.
|Green frog - Note ridges along back from back of its eyes.|
|Nice frog legs!|
|Find the little frog- Hint, you can click to enlarge|
|Juvenile- fingertip sized but the ridges already show up.|
|"If I can't see you, you can't see me." (note herringbone tail)|
|Juvenile salamander (cave?) with gills|
So what besides constant moisture keeps so many aquatic species here? Bugs - lots of bugs. Brian set up his black light and within a few minutes we had a bed sheet full of insects including moths, beetles and other species. Many are usually ground based and available for snacking until they were curious about the brightly lit sheet.
|Party time at the Bull Mills Blacklight Bar|
|Short-legged water strider on surface|