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Shed Snake Skin Identification

I was recently given some shed snake skins that were found at the CWRU Farm in northeast Ohio. These sheds will provide a fun way to teach CWRU herpetology students snake identification skills. Shed snake skins have a number of … Continue reading

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Brood V Cicada from Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Here is one of two Brood V Cicadas that I spotted in a parking lot in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, on 19 June 2016. I’ve also recorded this observation in inaturalist. This is the first time I’ve seen these cicadas in … Continue reading

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Difference a day makes: Bullfrog Egg Development

Adult Bullfrogs are the largest North American frog, and even their tadpoles can be a handful. But they start their lives at a much smaller size. Here are two photos showing one day’s development of a bullfrog egg. The first … Continue reading

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sucking the blood of frogs

A couple years ago I posted about leeches eating frog eggs. This year I spotted a struggling juvenile green frog floating near the surface of a pond. It was partway through metamorphosis, with all four legs, but also a long … Continue reading

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May Frog Songs: Gray Treefrogs & Green Frogs

May has been a great month for observing calling frogs in northeastern Ohio. Here are a couple videos taken in the last two weeks. The videos show Gray Treefrogs and Green Frogs. You can also hear American Toads and Spring … Continue reading

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