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Variation across North America: The Racers

Last week I posted pictures showing the differences in color pattern between Ringneck Snakes from New York vs. California. There are a number of other North American reptiles and amphibians that also show wonderful variation in color pattern, shape and … Continue reading

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Toad Tuesday 5: Western Toad with Lake Berryessa in background.

A western toad (Bufo boreas), pictured with Lake Berryessa in the background. Photo taken at UC Quail Ridge Reserve.

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Pacific Chorus Frogs in Eagle Nests

Citizen-scientists use remote cameras to watch pacific chorus frogs in eagle nests. You can watch too! Continue reading

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Revisiting the most widely heard amphibian voice

In 1951, George S. Myers, an ichthyologist and curator at the Standford University Natural History Museum, published a paper in Copeia titled “The most widely heard amphibian voice.” He described how the calls of pacific chorus frogs appeared in movies … Continue reading

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The good and the bad of being big

The breeding season is a time of hope and fear for the frogs. Hope that they’ll find a mate, and fear that a predator will find them. Continue reading

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