There are only five types of frogs found in all of Massachusetts. One of them is the Wood Frog, or Rana sylvatica. This little frog is light brown in color and has a dark spot around its eye, with a pale stripe beneath its eye. It is typically 2-3 inches in size.
In Sutton we tend to see wood frogs out from around May through September. They will hop along the lawn. We keep an eye out when we're mowing the lawn, to make sure we relocate them to safety. In the wintertime they burrow under the dirt or leaves and stay there. Their blood has special chemicals in it so it won't freeze. They just sleep the winter away. Wood frogs tend to live only 3 to 4 years at most and typically they only mate once before they die.
Wood frogs live all over the northeast, up through the Great Lakes, and then throughout most of Canada. These are not frogs you'd find down south or out west.
Here are some photos from a wood frog in our back yard in September.
Here's a set of videos of the wood frog!
Here's a much larger wood frog that we saw in August 2012.
This wood frog was in the path of the lawnmower in May 2018. We of course rescued it.
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