So, here is the question. What kind of frog did we see? My grandchildren and I have embarked on a taxonomic adventure here. We are logging birds, plants, insects, and mushrooms as we identify them in our hikes and outdoor adventures. As we actually use field guides, I am astonished to find that many creatures are NOT what I’ve been naming them since childhood. But one is never too old to learn!
This lady (we think) was so kind as to pose for headshots before she returned to a pond. We think she may be an American Bull Frog (Rana catesbeiana) but she is much darker than all the online photos. The articles say that color may vary widely but it seemed strange to us that we could not find even one photo of a dark brown one. The online frogs all seem to be green.
The American Bull Frog is classified as an invasive species here in Western Washington, but we are not certain that is what we saw. Any experts out there?
And can anyone recommend a good line of field guides for the Nook, preferably one where the photos can be enlarged?