Wood frogs normally live the surrounding forest, but in the early spring they congregate at vernal pools to lay eggs. The male wood frogs float around on the water's surface as they call for mates.
spring peeper's throat. Well, maybe next spring I can get a better photo of a singing wood frog since they seem to be about done calling for this year.
All this calling by the male wood frogs helps the wood frogs find each other. When a male wood frog sees a female wood frog, he jumps on her back and doesn't let go until her eggs are laid in the vernal pool.
underwater photos of wood frog eggs. May I also remind you that wood frog eggs are solar powered.... see my post about how the wood frog eggs eventually turn green from symbiotic algae.
After the eggs are laid, the wood frogs will leave the pool....
The masked frogs will quietly vanish into the woods.