I had a dream about the X Men and zombies last night. It was epic. That is all.
Both of my ADFs are eating from my hand now. :D
They’re so freaking cute! They grab onto my finger with their little froggy hands and gulp down the food I have on it. I wish I could get a good picture of it!
Pregnancy test frog may have spread fatal fungus
African clawed frogs were once widely imported and bred by hospitals because it lays eggs when injected with a pregnant woman’s urine.
We were swabbing for this fungus-a chytrid-in Milan, TN the last 3 days. We took 20 samples. The fungus is attacking amphibians at their most vulnerable point, causing fatal deformities during metamorphosis.
The African clawed frog was used between 1920-1950 for pregnancy tests. Often, after the test was finished, doctors would toss the frogs out into a nearby stream. The frogs became established, eating native species and spreading the fungus across the U.S..
I caught this Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda) on its way across the creek.
This Red Salamander (Psuedotriton ruber) was found under a small rock on the bank of the creek.
This juvenile Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) found a nice spot by a large population of fantail darters (Etheostoma flabellare). This snake is commonly mistaken for a copperhead and often killed as a result. When people talk about snakes falling out of trees into their boats, it’s usually this guy.
On my recent trip to Milan, we had an adult female get caught and impaled in one of our minnow traps meant to catch frog and salamander larvae. We had to cut her out and spray her down with Bactricine before releasing her. She was definitely cut up, but she was still swimming fine.
A mating pair of American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus). When I first found them, they were about 5ft away from one another with a large string of eggs between them. I picked up the male and he mistook me for a female-not an uncommon occurrence with American Toads during mating season.
Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)
I saw about 4 of these guys on my hike today.
The flowers in the first picture hung down below the leaves in the second picture. I’d love to know what they are.
Looks like a Cumberland Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus abditus). He was under a rock with a juvenile Banded Water Snake that swam away before I could get a picture-or catch it. Cute little guy, though.