Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

wingedwolfpsion

Date

June 5, 2011

Description

Saw a number of these tiny frogs hopping around and calling at the Blue River rest area along I-80. Due to their tiny size, and the fact they were out on logs and weed in the river, not on the bank, getting a snapshot was impossible, but their distinctive call made the ID.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Plains Leopard Frog Lithobates blairi

Observer

wingedwolfpsion

Date

June 5, 2011

Description

The distinctive head shape and white line made the ID on this guy, but he was too far away to photograph, and too wily to allow me to approach.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

wingedwolfpsion

Date

June 5, 2011

Description

The Blue River rest area could be considered to be a bit of a herper's paradise. The wide, slow-moving, very shallow water is an absolute haven for very large numbers of turtles and frogs.

Photos / Sounds

What

snapping turtle Chelydra serpentina

Observer

wingedwolfpsion

Date

June 5, 2011

Description

This large snapping turtle was quite amiable and surprisingly docile. Note: Please do not pick up snapping turtles by their tail, as the vertebra could be injured. This turtle was lifted very slowly and gently, and for only just long enough to snap a photo, before being released. He was in an awkward position nearly out of reach, or we would have lifted him securely by the shell. He move away slowly after release, so appeared only a bit confused by being lifted, and not distressed. There were a very large number of turtles at this location.