The Daily Bucket–Frog Erotica

For many of us, the loud rapid croaking of peeper frogs fills the Spring air.  Varieties of the thumb-sizer peeper, or chorus, or tree frogs  occupy a North American range almost from the Arctic circle to the Equator.

However often you’ve heard the peeper frogs, it’s unlikely that you’ve seen very many of them.  They are tiny, stealthy, and come in hard to spot camo colors. 

They assemble each spring to mate in shallow ponds and creeks,

This diary tells the frogs’ Spring story, with pictures, so you can see what all the ribbet-ing is about.

This year, the male frogs arrived 4 days later than last year, in Early March.  They staked out places around my backyard pond and began their 100-decibel “trademark” call which is a Rib-bet  croaking sound.

The females gather, listen, and choose mates.

This year, the largest, bright green female ever appeared; she’s in the first picture above. Below are more commonly colored brown chorus frogs during mating season. 

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These frogs are starting their mating on land rather than water. That’s unusual.  They’ll jump into the water together in a minute to finish and to affix the egg sacs to under water leaves.

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This frog couple will mate for up to three hours. The male (on top) is so skinny at his waist. I wonder where he store enough jism to fertilize a dozen egg sacs.

The male frog does not penetrate the female during mating, called amplexus. Instead, he coats her egg sacs, fertilizing the eggs. 

This one’s markings aren’t as sharply defined as the male frogs in other pictures. 

She may be flashing a hint of green.  I note the white mottled undersides on their arms, and wonder if mating brings on changes in colors. 

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Here’s another look at the white mottling on the frogs’ sides, which mimics the look of egg sacs.

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They lay quietly, embracing, absorbed in their only chance to mate during a one-year-lifetime. 

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Yet once they’ve attached an egg sac, the couple, still snuggling, swim to a different leaf to deposit more eggs.

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You can see the newly attached eggs on the leaf, just behind the intertwined frogs.

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/s/ Redwoodman