The Frogs and Toads of Montgomery County
Frogs and toads are most easily found in early spring. As soon as the snow melts and the first rains come down, amphibians emerge and trek to small, temporary pools, known as seasonal, or vernal pools. They also can be found in stormwater wet ponds and other wetlands.
In early spring, especially at dusk, the air near good frog habitat fills with the choruses of "love songs" from male frogs advertising their availability. Learn these frog calls and help collect data on frogs through the Montgomery County FrogWatch Program.
There are 14 species of frogs and toads that can occur in Montgomery County. Check out the the table below for the common frog and toad species of Montgomery County and their individual calls.
Frog and Toad Species
Volunteer with Montgomery County's FrogWatch program. Our chapter is an exciting new way for individuals and families to participate in citizen science and to learn more about amphibians and the wetlands they live in. Volunteers are trained to identify frog and toad calls at a wetland site and to report their data online. Data is compiled and analyzed to develop conservation strategies for frog and toad species, and their habitat.
To learn more about frogs and toads check out these links:
Seasonal pools are sensitive areas that provide critical habitat for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. These small, productive, and important wetlands are critical for maintaining many species. The quality of the pools is directly related to the surrounding land use. Changes to the landscape can cause pools to dry prematurely, fragment the habitat and natural corridor between pools, and introduce contaminants and toxins. And, because pools are smaller bodies of water, they may show problems with water quality before streams, rivers, and even drinking water.
Communally-laid wood frog egg masses. (Photo credit: Jennifer St. John)
Video of tadpoles swimming in vernal pool