“Ribbits, Croaks and Peeps” The Language of Love — Froggy Style
4/25/2013 8:38 AM
Now that spring is in the air, you might be hearing some strange noises coming from your backyard at night. If you live near any type of water, you might be hearing LOTS of strange noises at night.
Is that a pack of dogs barking in the distance, or is it a barking treefrog?
Did you hear someone pluck a banjo string, or was that a green frog you heard?
Was that a cricket trilling in the distance or a Cope’s gray tree frog crooning a love song to his lady?
When the winds grow warmer and the nights grow shorter, frogs and toads, like the birds and bees, are eager to make a love connection. So, that strange noise you’re hearing might be one of 29 frog and toad species native to North Carolina. Technically, there are 30 species native to the TarHeel state, but one, the river frog, hasn’t been seen – or heard – in North Carolina since the 1970s.
Identifying frogs and toads correctly takes a good pair of ears. If you’re hearing strange noises and you suspect the sounds are coming from a frog or toad, check out “The Frogs and Toads of North Carolina Field Guide and Recorded Calls.”
This 88-page field guide with CD features audio calls and 120 full-color photographs that beautifully illustrate the 30 frog and toad species native to North Carolina. Hear the screeching “release call” of the bullfrog. Find out what frog is considered the most beautiful in the state. Learn about the habitats and habits of the tiny grass frog, the smallest frog in North America.
The book features detailed descriptions of each species, simplified identification keys and range maps to show where different species are found in the state. The fascinating frog facts will appeal to every aspiring herpetologist eager to learn more about these remarkable amphibians.
When you purchase one of these $15 books from the Commission’s Wild Store, www.ncwildstore.com, you can feel good knowing that all proceeds from the sales of the field guide and CD go to support the Wildlife Diversity Program and conservation education projects and programs, such as the Calling Amphibians Survey Program and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program.