Lithobates sylvaticus, the Wood frog
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.
I was undoubtedly excited to find a few Wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus, scampering about near my campsite in Chena Lake Recreational Area. For a person such as myself, the relative lack of reptiles and amphibians was a real challenge while I lived in Alaska. This species, the Wood frog, was a welcome exception. This species is ridiculously well-adapted to surviving the long, dark, and brutal winters of the Great White North. For Wood frogs, spring and summer is a short and intense affair. Much work to do in so short a period of time! (and by “work” I mean eating and making baby frogs)