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Amphibian Pictures

Last Updated: 2/21/17

Frogs, Toads, and Newts:

For more general information on these photos, see my pond pictures page index.

Photos are arranged in the order of most recent to oldest.

2016

American toad in my garage on 12/1/16.

In 2016, I started finding a small, brown salamander in my biofilter during cleaning, maybe three inches long. I never could get a photo. Then, on 6/26/16, I dumped some algae from my pond and saw something wiggle. I plucked out this tiny, tiny adult salamander and took photos. It has no gills so it is an adult. The only species native to where I live that could look like this is the dusky salamander so I am saying that is what he/she is until I know any better.
Dusky salamander in bucket (to show size).
Dusky salamander in water.
Dusky salamander out of water.

Ronda sent this photo of a tree frog on 5/18/16, perhaps a green tree frog in Georgia. What is so unique about it is that it is half blue! I have seen similar colors on green frogs and green tree frogs that people have sent me.
Green tree frog with blue areas

I found this sickly green frog while cleaning the 153 gallon pond on 3/30/16.
Anorexic green frog
Anorexic green frog

Photos of wood frog tadpoles in the 50 gallon tub pond on 3/26/16.
Wood frog tadpoles
Wood frog tadpole - close-up

Wood frog eggs on 3/2/16.

2015

On 10/11/15, I saw this tiny gray treefrog, missing its left eye. He was sunning on my butterfly bench. What's with the missing eyes?!
Gray treefrog - close up; also noted while processing the photo that there is a spot on the left leg that looks like some sort of viral cyst.
Gray treefrog - farther away with my finger for scale.

On 8/30/15, I took these photos of a little green tree frog I found on my lotus leaf! His right eye ias missing.
Green tree frog - top view
Green tree frog - right side
Green tree frog - showing the size of the frog versus the lotus leaf
Green tree frog - top view
Green tree frog - right side with my finger
Green tree frog - top view; look at his little sucker feet!
Green tree frog - left side
Green tree frog - right side
Green tree frog - left side

These photos are from 4/8/15 when I cleaned the 153 gallon pond.
Hiding green frog - larger marginal shelf, mostly drained with a green frog sitting there.
Green Frog Tadpole

2014

All of these photos were taken on 3/27/14 when I cleaned out my 153 gallon pond.
Dead pickerel frog - on the snow. Yep, there is two inches of snow there, and I am cleaning the pond!
Anorexic pickerel frog - this one was alive but very skinny.
Newt, pickerel frog, rosy red minnows, and snails
Newt, pickerel frog, rosy red minnow, and snails
Newt and frog
Newt's belly
Newt and pickerel frog - side view; it looks like the frog has a long tail but that is the tail of the newt
Newt and pickerel frog - view from above

2013

Female bullfrog in a pot in my 1800 gallon pond on 6/4/13.

Male green frog in my 153 gallon pond on 4/26/13.

All of these photos were taken on 3/30/13 when I cleaned out the 153 gallon pond so the frogs were in buckets, etc. during cleaning.
Green frog tadpole waiting in a kiddie pool.
Pickerel frog in a bucket
Pickerel frog in a bucket
Eastern newt in kiddie pool
Eastern newt in kiddie pool
Eastern newt in my wet hand
Eastern newt in my hand
Eastern newt in my hand
Eastern newt in my hand, nice photo
The frog party consists of two pickerel frogs, nine green frogs, and three wood frogs.
Frog party - green frog on the upper right
Frog party - wood frog on the right
Frog party
Frog party
Wood frog enjoying the clean pond!

Wood frog eggs sitting in a bucket on 3/14/13 while the 50 gallon pond was being cleaned.

2012

Bullfrog at a pond at the Baltimore Zoo on 6/19/12. The pond is covered in duckweed.
Bullfrog - close-up of the last photo.

Male green frog in my big pond on 6/17/12.

Here are gray treefrog tadpoles in my rock pond on 6/3/12. The green plant is duckweed. There are two sizes of tadpoles. If you look close, you might see a mosquito larvae or two.
Gray treefrog tadpoles
Gray treefrog tadpoles
Gray treefrog tadpoles

From 5/22/12:
Bulltoad - a male American toad amplexing a female bullfrog! Sometimes, they get confused!
Bulltoad - a male American toad amplexing a female bullfrog, close-up!
Gray treefrog tadpoles in the pool cover.

From 5/13/12, at my big pond:
Male green frog
Young bullfrog
Young bullfrog - notice how the bullfrog lacks the lines down the body that the green frog has.

I took these photos on 4/21/12 at the 153 gallon pond in order to get photos of the white tree peony flowers but there was a male green frog in there too.
Peonies and green frog
Peonies and green frog
Male green frog - a zoom in of the previous photo.

I took these photos on 4/21/12 at the 1800 gallon pond of a pair of green frogs hanging out.
Two green frogs
Two green frogs - close-up

Male green frog in my 153 gallon pond on 4/17/12.

Wood frog embryos - just about to hatch on 3/14/12, waiting in the kiddie pool while I cleaned the 153 gallon pond

Here are photos of 15 green frogs, 4 wood frogs, and 2 bullfrogs waiting in a bucket while I cleaned out the 153 gallon pond on 3/14/12. Yes, some were amplexing with each other.
Frog Party - wood frog at the bottom center
Frog Party - male wood frog amplexing male green frog
Frog Party - frogs all over
Wood frog - back in the pond
Green frogs - back in the pond
Green frogs - back in the pond
Video of the Frogs in the bucket

I was shocked to find a salamander in my pond on 3/14/12 when I cleaned out the 153 gallon pond! I am pretty sture that she is an Eastern newt that I put in the pond in 2008. Here she is!
Eastern newt - top view in bowl
Eastern newt - side view in hand
Eastern newt - top view in bowl
Eastern newt - top view in hand
Eastern newt - top view in hand
Eastern newt - side view in glass bowl; this is a GOOD photo!
Eastern newt - view of stomach looking up through glass bowl
Eastern newt - another view of stomach
Eastern newt - top view in glass bowl

I took these photos on 3/6/12 when I cleaned out the 50 gallon pond.
Wood frog eggs
Wood frog eggs in my hand

Here are photos of the wood frogs from 3/1/12:
Male wood frog and eggs in the 50 gallon tub pond
Male wood frog and eggs - another view
Wood frog in the 153 gallon pond

2011

These photos are from 5/6/11 when, imagine my surprise, this female gray tree frog was sitting in the middle of the laundry room. She had been there long enough to become covered in cat hair. I took these photos before putting her outside.
Gray tree frog - right side
Gray tree frog - top view
Gray tree frog - left side; you can really see the cat hair on her
Gray tree frog - top view

These photos are from 5/4/11 when I removed the woodfrog tadpoles from the 50 gallon basement pond.
Woodfrog tadpoles
Woodfrog tadpoles - close in view. There are some ramshorn snails in there too.

Bullfrog tadpoles - tadpoles that I got on 4/28/11; note that one is missing a tail.

These photos are from 4/20/11:
Huge female bullfrog in the overflow
Huge female bullfrog in the overflow
Female green frog who was sitting next to the huge female bullfrog in the overflow area. This was an area, by the way, that was supposed to under water and was again so once we fixed the overflow a few weeks later.

These photos are from 3/19/11:
Wood frog tadpoles that hatched out in my 50 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank basement tub pond.
Wood frog tadpoles
Wood frog tadpoles - close-up of the last photo

These photos are from 3/13/11:
Wood frog eggs in my hand in the 153 gallon pond.
Wood frog eggs in my hand in the 153 gallon pond.
Wood frog eggs in the 153 gallon pond.
Female bullfrog hiding under where the water comes out of the biofilter. The hill has collapsed almost a foot under the lip of the biofilter.
Woodfrog eggs in a bucket being transferred from the 153 gallon to the 50 gallon pond. There were seven batches of eggs.
Woodfrog eggs- close-up.

2010

On 4/24/10, my father found a gray tree frog on the pool cover which he was removing. It is probably a male as they had just started calling. I put him in a plant pot and took these photos.
Gray tree frog - top view.
Gray tree frog - hopping away, note the yellow under the back legs which is indicative of gray tree frogs.
Gray tree frog - top view.
Gray tree frog - my mother trying to hold him upside down to show the yellow on the legs. It is cute how he has his little hand on her finger, trying to grasp and get away. Do not worry. We did not hurt him, and I put him up on a tree right after the photos to go on his way.

Female bullfrog in my pond on 4/11/10.

On 3/21/10, my huge female bullfrog and a male green frog were sitting next to each other in the 1800 gallon pond's overflow. They were still brownish because it was cold.
Two frogs - green frog on the left, bullfrog on the right.
Green frog - close-up from last photo.
Bullfrog - close-up from two photos before.
Bullfrog

2009

The wood frog tadpoles starting getting legs and leaving in June. Here is a photo of one baby that has all four legs but still has a tail. They were sitting on the lily pads as they were preparing for their new terrestrial life.
Baby wood frog

On 5/25/09, I got two adult Eastern newts that I put in my 153 gallon pond. Something was seriously wrong with one of them. I do not know if it was emaciated, dehydrated, infested with parasites, or perhaps had some disease. The other one was fine, and I saw him a few days later. Time will tell if I see that one again. I doubt the sick one survived but it was alive in the photos (hard to believe). They packed the newts in dry fibers with no water source!
Sick newt
Healthy newt
Both newts

On 3/13/09, I took these two photos of the wood frog eggs which had been laid about two days before:
Wood frog eggs in the water
Wood frog eggs lifted out of the water

These photos were taken of the frogs on 3/8/09:
Male wood frog
Two male wood frogs
Male wood frog
Female green frog

2008

This darling male green frog was sitting at the edge of my 153 gallon pond on 9/3/08.
Male green frog

There was a gray tree frog on the side of our pool on 6/14/08:
Gray tree frog
Gray tree frog - view looking down on his head

On 4/13/08, while working on my pond, I saw this cute green frog hiding in the overflow area of my 1800 gallon pond and took his photo.
Green frog

From the 153 gallon pond cleaning on 4/1/08.
Huge male bullfrog sitting in a cat litter bucket while I clean the pond. He fills up the entire bucket!

On 3/16/08, a male wood frog was calling in my 20 gallon tub pond.
Wood frog and the pond
Close-up of the wood frog - from a separate photo. I also got a video with two of his quacks which you can see at my frog videos page.

2007

Pickerel frog in my 1800 gallon pond on 9/23/07.
Two pickerel frogs in my 1800 gallon pond on 9/23/07. The frog on the right is the same one as the last photo.

Here is a photo of a gray tree frog on the bricks of our house on 9/3/07.
Gray tree frog

On 8/4/07, my brother found this toad in the road. I think it might be a common toad (mostly because of the size and reddish color) versus the ironically more common American toad. I am not sure of the sex because it has male features but is fat like a female. What do you think about the species and sex of the toad?
Toad - side/top view
Toad - top view

These photos are from the 3/29/07 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
Wood frog eggs in one of the former cat litter bucket. The photo is not very clear.
Wood frog - the wood frog hopped into the pond after it was completely empty (before vacuuming) so I took photos and then moved her to the 50 gallon tub pond so I would not harm her.
Wood frog - view of the frog from a distance (the photo above is a close-up of this one).
Wood frog
Wood frog
Wood frog eggs back in the 153 gallon pond. You can see tiny air bubbles on them from the well water's gases coming out in solution. The cleaning made about a 50% water change but it still causes this problem.
Wood frog eggs close-up of the next photo showing the little tadpoles. You can see their little heads
Wood frog eggs
Two crane flies and a green frog tadpole sitting in my little bucket after I found them.
Two crane flies, a green frog tadpole, and a baby rosy red minnow in the bucket.
Two crane flies, a green frog tadpole, and a baby rosy red minnow in the bucket.
Green frog tadpole waiting in a kiddie pool.

On 3/25/07, I cleaned out the 50 gallon tub pond which had two batches of wood frog eggs and a small green frog in it. Go here for details. Here are the photos relevant to frogs from that day:
Two batches of wood frog eggs in the bucket
Baby green frog after I put him back
Cleaned pond - the new fountain, two batches of wood frog eggs, and can you see the green frog on the right?
Close up of wood frog eggs - once the pond was back together.

On 2/24/07, I took these photos in the 1800 gallon pond of a pickerel frog that was moving around in the melting pond.
Pond - melted deep end. There is a pickerel frog moving on the bottom in the middle of the photo.
Pickerel frog - close up of the frog from the previous photo.
Pickerel frog - a different close up.

2006

On 10/19/06, I found a pickerel frog on my 1800 gallon net (not that uncommon) but this time I got the camera (not so common). Here you can see the pickerel frog on the net from a distance, zoom in of the pickerel frog on the net, and the pickerel frog close- up once I had him in a net. He put his hands over his eyes (he was shy I guess). He was tired after trying to bounce away from me but I put him under the net and into the pond after this photo.

Male green frog in my 153 gallon pond on 8/6/06.
Young green frog sitting by my 153 gallon pond on 8/6/06.

Green frog tadpoles in my Tricker pond on 6/8/06.

From my 3/30/06 cleaning of the 153 gallon pond:
Wood frogs waiting in the bucket.
Green frogs waiting in the bucket.
Female wood frog sitting on land.
Male wood frog in the water.
Wood frog eggs - view of the entire bucket of wood frog eggs I set aside from the 20 gallon pond and then spread around into the 20, 50, and 153 gallon ponds.
Wood frog eggs - view closer in.
Wood frog eggs - close-up of a few eggs so you can see the tadpole's heads.

2005

Jon sent this lovely photo of a young (newly adult) gray tree frog on 12/08/05:
Gray tree frog

Here are two photos of a gray tree frog (female I think) that I found sitting by my pond on 10/2/05. Her back left leg was mostly gone (just blood and some bone). I do not know if she survived.
Gray tree frog - 10/2/05, clear photo.
Gray tree frog - 10/2/05, a bit blurry.

Female green frog in my Tricker pond on 8/13/05. She is with salvinia and floating leaf flower.

On 6/19/05, I pulled a poor male bullfrog out of my submerged plant protector. I do not know how long he was down there but he suffered from it (lack of atmospheric oxygen) and took on the classic dark colors common during hibernation. You can see a top view and bottom view of him as I held him. He was pretty limp and weak.

Wood frog eggs in the 153 gallon pond on 4/5/05, the day before they started to hatch.
Wood frog eggs being held in a bucket on 3/25/05.
Male wood frog in 50 gallon lotus tub on 3/25/05.

2004

Male bullfrog on my floating terrestrial plant holder, under the net, on 8/9/04.
Green frog eggs in my 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 5/29/04.
Female green frog by my 153 gallon pond on 5/21/04, same as next frog; she looks fat beyond being egg-laden; maybe she ate too many cicadas!
Female green frog by my 153 gallon pond on 5/21/04.
Female green frog in my 50 gallon lotus tub pond on 5/13/04. Just her head sticks out of the water.
Male American toad out in the grass, 4/18/04.
Male American toad in the 153 gallon pond, 4/18/04, not the same male as the last photo as both were out and photos taken at the same time. He had been calling but no females ever showed up (or at least, no eggs laid).
Female green frog in my 153 gallon pond, 4/18/04.

2003

Baby pickerel frog from a distance by the back pond on 8/17/03.
Baby pickerel frog close-up by the back pond on 8/17/03.
Bullfrog sitting in the 1800 gallon pond waterfall on 8/16/03.
Froglet is a newly morphed one-inch green frog with all feet and still a tail in the 153 gallon pond on 8/8/03.
Froglet is another view of the same froglet as above, same time, same place.
Green frog tadpoles and snails in the kiddie pool during the 153 gallon pond cleaning on 4/2/03.
Wood frog eggs in cleaned 50 gallon tub pond, protected from predators, close-up, 3/28/03.
Wood frog eggs in 50 gallon lotus tub pond, from a distance, 3/28/03.
Wood frog eggs in dirty 50 gallon lotus tub as laid, 3/23/03.
Wood frog eggs in a yellow bucket, 3/23/03.
Female wood frog in 153 gallon pond, 3/23/03; the eggs are hers.

2002

Female green frog on the sandstone bridge of the 153 gallon pond on 9/21/02. Great photo!
Frog love shows the above female green frog on the bridge and a male's head down in the water. I boxed the two frogs so you can find them easily. He is among hair algae and hornwort. (Since all adult green frogs in this pond vanished by spring 2003, this poor couple met an untimely fate soon after that I will never know :-( which saddens me.)
Bullfrog head closeup, huge male, in the shallows of 1800 gallon pond on 7/5/02. He is saying to you, "I will eat you!" (This guy was back spring 2003!)
Bullfrog from a distance to show relative size, male, in 1800 gallon pond, 7/5/02.
Bullfrog entire body closeup of huge male, 1800 gallon pond, 7/5/02.
Green frog eggs in the 20 gallon lotus tub pond with lots of duckweed on 6/22/02.
Gray tree frog wedged in the pool deck, male, 6/9/02. The head is marked.
Green frogs waiting in a black Lerio pot while I cleaned out the 153 gallon pond on 3/29/02. There were 13 green frogs in there but you can only see six heads.
Green frog tadpoles waiting in a kiddie pool on 3/29/02 while I cleaned out the 153 gallon pond.
Pickerel frog at the edge of the 1800 gallon pond on 3/9/02. This is just a baby. Some goldfish can be seen behind the frog.

2001

Green frog tadpole in the 153 gallon pond on 7/4/01. This tadpole is over a year old and nearing metamorphosis.
Green frogs having a meeting around my 153 gallon pond on 6/3/01.
Pickerel frog in my 1800 gallon pond on 4/22/01.
Toad tadpoles in my 153 gallon pond on 4/22/01, one week after hatching.

2000

Male green frog by my 153 gallon pond on 9/4/01 (should be 9/4/00?).
Pair of green frogs on waterfall, early July 2000.
Female American toad at door, 6/21/00.

1998

Female green frog at the edge of my pond, July 1998.
Green frog on lily pad, 5/16/98.
Green frog and toad tadpoles, arrow pointing to frog, 4/12/98.

1997

Toads mating, first to show up at new pond, left arrow is toads, right arrow is their eggs strung all over the pots, water was still clear because pond was new, 5/22/97 (note 4/2/02, I do not know why I said that since my ponds are crystal clear most of the time; I guess it was because the pond was very green for the first summer and spring.).


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