|Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)|
Two days ago Ijams volunteer Rex McDaniel photographed the first bullfrog of the season in the Universal Pond in front of the Visitor Center.
Bullfrogs are the largest frog found in the Tennessee Valley. Including the back legs—and you have to include them because they are certainly part of the frog—bullfrogs can reach a length of ten inches. Can you say golly-whooper?
Their tadpoles can be seen at almost any time of the year because it takes a full year for them to grow and complete metamorphosis.
Male bullfrogs' deep-voiced crooning generally begins in the heat of May but temperatures have been so atypical, the males may crank up earlier—jug-o-rum, jug-o-rum, jug-o-rum. We'll keep you posted.
- Photo by Ijams volunteer Rex McDaniel. Text Stephen Lyn Bales