Lithobates sylvaticus, 10 August 2008

Lithobates sylvaticus, the Wood frog;
Anchorage, Alaska (10 August 2008).

Here’s my northernmost species of amphibian: A wood frog, Lithobates sylvaticus, photographed in an Anchorage municipal park. A few years later, I actually found one near Fairbanks, Alaska, even farther to the north, so this one didn’t quite snag the northernmost championship title. Still, I find it fairly impressive that this species has learned to adapt in such a harsh, brutally cold environment with such a short whiff of a summer. Wood frogs are extraordinarily hardy and well-adapted to life up north.

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