Herpetology help?


So, here it is April and the frogs are all in bloom. It’s spring break  here and in wet and rainy Western Washington, there are lots of creeks, streams, ponds, lakes and riverbanks to explore. 

April Frog’s Day


Lovely pattern on throat and tummy

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?


One Response to Herpetology help?

  1. I know what you mean! Living in Australia, I spent the first 30+ years of my life calling a crested pigeon a ‘topknot pigeon’ and, now that I have seen the error of my ways, I notice that everyone I know still names it incorrectly.

    It doesn’t seem to matter what age the people are or where they come from geographically…they all name it the topknot. :mrgreen:

    Have fun on your taxonomic adventure!