Wood Frog*

Wood frog* Lithobates sylvatica

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Identification: The wood frog is on average between 1.5 and 3 inches long. It ranges in color from tan to brown to pink. This frog has ridges that run along its back. It has a dark “mask” that extends back from the eye. Females are more brightly colored and larger than males. The chest/belly area is white with dark markings.

Habitat: This frog is terrestrial and is found in various wooded habitats. They are also found along the vegetated edges of ponds, streams, wooded wetlands, and bogs.

Other: The wood frog is adapted to cold winters by freezing over the winter. They stop breathing and their hearts stop beating while their bodies produce an antifreeze substance preventing ice from freezing within their cells.