Last month, Bay Buddies explored the music of the Chesapeake’s birds. But they are not the only songsters in the watershed. In and around the ponds and streams, our summer nights are filled with the chorus of frogs. Test your knowledge about the frogs that inhabit the Chesapeake watershed.

1. Bullfrog

2. Green Frog

3. Green Tree Frog

4. Northern Cricket Frog

5. Northern Spring Peeper

6. Pickerel Frog

7. Southern Leopard Frog

8. Upland Chorus Frog

9. Wood Frog


A. Despite its name, this frog’s coloring is highly variable. It may be green, brown, or on rare occasions, blue. The call of this common frog is often compared to the twang of a banjo string.

B. Snakes generally avoid this frog because its skin secretes a substance that makes it taste bad. This secretion is toxic to other frogs kept in the same aquarium or container.

C. This is the most common frog in the Bay area. Its habitat ranges from freshwater swamps to brackish streams.

D. An inhabitant of moist woodlands in the Bay watershed, this is also the only frog to be found north of the Arctic Circle.

E. Although this frog’s color ranges from tan to brown to gray, it always has an X-shaped mark on its back. Large toe pads help to make it a good tree climber.

F. One of the earliest of the spring songsters, this frog can be heard calling on a warm night before ice on the water has completely melted. Its call has been compared to a finger being dragged across the teeth of a comb.

G. This large frog has been known to eat small birds and snakes in addition to its regular diet of insects, other frogs, crayfish and small fish.

H. This frog has rough, warty skin. One of its identifying characteristics is a dark triangle between the eyes. It and the wood frog are the only two diurnal frogs on the list.

I. Although its coloring is variable, this frog is usually bright green. Choruses of this frog have been known to contain several hundred members. It prefers to walk rather than hop, although it will leap when chased by a predator.

Answers
1-G, 2-A, 3-I, 4-H, 5-E, 6-B, 7-C, 8-F, 9-D