Similar to northern leopard frog, which has rounder spots and no yellow coloration inside hind legs. Dorsal scales all granular; longitudinal stripes present; without external ear opening; southeastern distribution:. Is there a large gland behind each eye? Does the tail have red on it? Widespread distribution in the Hudson Valley. This book remains a must for the serious herpetologist even with all the changes that have occurred in the last twenty years. The individual species accounts include identification information for each life stage, including eggs, hatchlings, larvae and metamorphosed juveniles and adults, as well as a description of typical habitat and a generalized distribution map.
Cranial crest of parallel and slightly fused ridges without postorbital margins; high plains in Laramie Basin:. Dorsal pattern mostly uniform and lacking stripes, blotches, or rings— key 4. Are there bush-like gills sticking out of the head? Although the younger male has joined the ranks of the aggregation, he will be unable to participate in the breeding - unless. In this activity, students will become familiar with just a few of the species. Dorsal color green, greenish brown or olive green; head without black cap— key 5. Photo by Charlie West gray treefrog Hyla versicolor Total length 1.
Is there a dark vertical streak on the side of the head behind the eye? Without cranial crest; foothills and mountains:. In the field the only two ways to distinguish H. Does the tail have a fin on it? Cranial crest not fused, with 90 degree bend forming pair of opposing L-shaped ridges; plains and foothills east of Continental Divide exclusive of Laramie Basin:. Four-toed salamander may also appear similar in general size and color. Excretes very sticky secretions when disturbed or handled. Many nonvenomous snakes vibrate their tails to produce a rattling sound.
The protective cover of rock and shrub shelters a larder of rabbit babies and little servings of birds. The interface at the bottom of the cliff is clean and sharp; a boundary separating the source of the calving material from the slabs, boulders and rubble which flow down the slope and accumulate at the base, growing it wider and extending it out onto the basin floor. This field guide covers the reptile species that occur in Washington and Oregon. In an instant, an older, more experienced male leaps from his calling station and latches on, clasping the younger around the waist. Are there prominent round yellow spots arranged roughly into two irregular rows down the back? However, this character can be used in question 4 see Key to Adult Frogs , to identify the Gray Treefrog because the Spring Peeper had already been eliminated as a possibility in question 3. If this is the case for the animal you are observing then click here.
. Is the head distinctly wider than the body? Scales becoming keeled along tail; gular fold present; six pale longitudinal stripes; southeastern distribution:. Be sure to read all options to see which fits best. It's a good home them here. Stout, rough-skinned toad with variable coloration. Laminated copies are helpful references on rainy migrations nights! Photo by Chris Bowser eastern newt Notophthalmus viridescens Total length 1. Soon, the bout is over, the withering subsides, the preening is complete, and beneath the vast expanse of a now starlit sky, the full spectacle of the creature is presented to the night.
In an awkward exhibition of twists and turns and contortions. And near the end of the slope, where it tapers into prairie, are thick deposits of alluvial soil, fostering mature stands of sagebrush and supporting populations of ground squirrels and varieties of mice, voles and moles. Light green to gray body with rough skin and dark blotches on back. Most or all of the dorsal body scales smooth or granular and not keeled— key 2. The subordinate male chirps his protest and is released.
Go to the tab or the. Just after the chill of dusk has settled into the low depressions scattered across the short-grass prairie, a squirming, wiggling thing emerges from the sandy loam. How to Use The Keys These keys use the process of elimination. Continue to select the best option that describes your amphibian until you arrive at a species name. For more information about the project or to download a data form, visit the webpage. Dorsal midline stripe pale and narrow with many alternating dark and light stripes along the sides; southeastern distribution:. May be confused with American toad but lacks spots on belly and paratoid glands are in contact with cranial crests, whereas they usually are not on American toads - see inset.
Head and body covered with greatly enlarged and pointed scales; oval shaped body with short tail:. Amphibian identification worksheet Dichotomous key of amphibians 1. Stout body with wide head. The Peterson Field Guide Series. It's a Northern Leopard Frog.
Rostral not upturned; anal plate entire— key 10. In the field the only two ways to distinguish H. Redback salamander may appear similar in general color and size but lacks spotted belly. Activity: Which amphibian is which? Midline stripe orange or pale yellow and about 2-3 scales wide; Gartersnakes— key 13. Spiny-headed Treefrog Anotheca spinosa No………………… go to 5. Is there a dark stripe on the side of the head, from the nostril to the gills? So, while on this hillside, I require of myself to try hard, do the best I can, and focus.