Animalia: Chordata: Amphibia: Anura: Ranidae: Rana: Rana sylvatica LeConte, 1825
It’s officially the first day of spring (finally!) and it also happens to be World Frog Day! Check out this cool infographic about frogs made by the National Aquarium in Baltimore to learn more about these cool creatures.
Although it doesn’t feel like spring right now, the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) may soon start to emerge for breeding once the snow melts; they are one of the first amphibians to emerge after winter. Wood frogs have a broad range across North America, and can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues while they enter dormancy during winter. The frogs accumulate urea and glucose in their tissues, which act as cryoprotectants to protect from freezing. Wood frogs can survive several freeze/thaw events during winter! They live in forests and breed mostly in vernal ponds or ephemeral wetlands. This can be a good and a bad thing, as vernal pools are less likely to have large predators like fish, but can also dry up before their offspring have a chance to metamorphose. However, by being some of the first frogs to breed in early spring, it increases the tadpoles’ likelihoods of metamorphosing before ponds can dry up. #WorldFrogDay #FirstDayofSpring #Canada150 #Biodiversity150
Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:
Process ID: CNPVT139-16
amino acid sequence