Springtime is frog time! Ready for some froggy adventures? Let’s hop to it!
What You Do
- In spring, male frogs call for females to be their mates. If you’re anywhere near a pond, marsh, or other wet area, you can’t miss their loud chorus.
- Look online or visit a local nature center to find out which frogs live near you and what their calls sound like. You can find out which frogs and toads live near you with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums website.
Hearing frogs is easy, but, if you want to see frogs, you have to be sly.
- Quietly approach a place where you’ve heard frogs calling. If the frogs sense you coming, they’ll each jump into the water with a splash. But if you stay still, they’ll probably pop back up in a few minutes. Then you can get a good look.
All that calling is about one thing: making more frogs. So be sure to look for eggs and tadpoles, too. First you’ll see jelly-like clumps of eggs in the water.
Later, look for little tadpoles swimming around. Come back every few days and you can watch as the tadpoles lose their tails, grow legs, and leap away as adult frogs!
- Enjoy our many frog resources.
The National Wildlife Federation has many crafts and recipes with a frog theme, so if your family enjoys observing frogs, you can extend that fun with these activities:
- For teachers, we have a Call of the Wild lesson plan about frog calls and the frog life cycle.
- We also recommend Save the Frogs Day.