Native SpeciesWood frog

Rana sylvatica
FOUND by 4hyellow
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Mr. I
Peer reviewed by 4hyellow
Field Notes
I see water and the plants that grow in it, leafs gently blowing in the wind, trees and logs, and clods in the sky. I hear busy cars on the near road, and (loud) children playing on the playground. I smell pine trees and the pond. I feel cold, my pencil and clipboard, and the wind on my face. I wonder where are the animals that should be swimming in the pond. It is cold, could they be hibernating. Our FAVORITE place in the school is this little rock that is a the top of a small hill that goes to the pool, its next to a big silver birch. It is in a really nice shady area covered by evergreen trees. There is in the middle of it all a small "mini" pond that sparkles in the light. Very beautiful.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Each female lays a single but large egg mass of 800-1000 eggs. The surface of mass is is lumpy and lacks a large outer coating of jelly.
Photo of my evidence.
Egg masses look like bubbles from the surface. Wood frog eggs are often attached to veggietation, but can fall to the bottom.
Photo of my evidence.
There may be may egg masses below the surface. Some egg masses can be the size of a softball.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Rana sylvatica
Common name:
Wood frog
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.319613 °
W -70.594322 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - In a developed area
Trip Information
Wells Elementary Vernal Pool, April/May 2018
Trip date: 
Mon, 2018-05-07 13:54
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
MIDAS Code: 


nice job!

nice job!

The frog you found is a wood frog, but the eggs are from a spotted salamander. Wood frog eggs will not remain in a nice cluster like in your picture. After several days in a pond, wood frog egg masses become quite spread out and do not stick together very well. Nice job!

Thank you very much for giving us your time. We did not know that before but we do now thanks to you. What is the biggest vernal pool you studied and where was it?

Good question. I've studied some pretty large pools. The biggest I've worked with were in southeast Ohio.