Very nice colouring.
December 23rd- pretty weird! Temps have been very unseasonably warm all fall- this week, 60s and low 70s! We've been hearing lots of Spring Peepers, too.
Near the cave entrance (New Entrance / Frozen Niagra Entrance). Way off in a crevice, hence crummy photo, but looks to me like it has a big dark patch under its eye.
The wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) has a broad distribution over North America, extending from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. The wood frog has garnered attention by biologists over the last century because of its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism (for a Ranid), interesting habitat associations (peat bogs, vernal pools, uplands), and relatively long-range movements. The ecology and conservation of the wood frog...