A pond full of tadpoles, followed by froglets, provides plenty of entertainment for children and is appealing to many adults. Tadpoles are also useful in practical ways. Amphibians form an essential part of many land and aquatic ecosystems, keeping populations of their food species under control and in turn providing food for a range of larger animals. They play these roles even in small habitats such as a garden or a garden pond.
Tadpoles from What Frogs?
and become a field researcher or, as I like to say, a Citizen Scientist. Check out the document and give it a try. If you find it interesting and you want formal training on this program you may contact TPWD directly, the East Texas Chapter Master Naturalist, or me.
These are our East Texas Frogs and their Sounds –
East Texas Toad – Bufo woodhousii velatus
Gulf Coast Toad – Bufo valliceps
Woodhouse’s Toad – Bufo woodhousii
Northern Cricket Frog – Acris crepitans
Cope’s Gray Treefrog – Hyla chrysoscelis
Green Treefrog – Hyla cinerea
Gray Treefrog – Hyla versicolor
Northern Spring Peeper – Pseudacris crucifer crucifer
Upland (Now separate form Western CF species) Chorus Frog – Pseudacris triseriata/feriarum
Rio Grande Chirping Frog – Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) cystignathoides
Eastern Narrowmouth Toad – Gastrophryne carolinensis
Hurter’s Spadefoot – Scaphiopus (hurterii) holbrookii
Southern Crawñsh Frog – Rana areolata
Bullfrog – Rana catesbeiana
Green (Bronze) Frog – Rana clamitans
Southern Leopard Frog – Rana sphenocephala
Teachers – K-5, especially you science teachers…. Would you like to investigate our amphibians in a more casual manor? Check this link out.
Have Fun – More to Come!