Amphibians

Gray Tree Frog   

Length: 1¼-2 ¼”
Mating Habits: While floating in water, the male grasps the female with his front legs; the female deposits 1,000 to 2,000 eggs, which are then externally fertilized by
the male. Gives new meaning to the term “water sports”!
Diet: carnivorous (mites, spiders, plant lice, snails, slugs, and occasionally smaller frogs — including other tree frogs)
Clutch Size: 1,000-2,000 eggs
Did You Know: Gray tree frogs can survive with up to 80% of their body frozen during hibernation; they are able to thaw and hop away in the spring. â€‹

 

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Red-Backed Salamander  

Length: 2¼-5”
Diet: carnivorous (mites, spiders, insects, centipedes, millipedes, beetles, snails, ants, earthworms, flies, and larvae)
Clutch Size: 3-14 eggs
Did You Know: They can evade predators by dropping all or part of their tails in the event of an attack. A new tail will eventually grow back.*
*Info from Travis Brady, director of strategic initiatives, Greenburgh Nature Center

 

Northern Leopard Frog

Rare find!
Length: 3-5 inches
Diet: carnivorous (beetles, ants, flies, worms, smaller frogs, including their own species, and even small birds and garter snakes)
Clutch Size: 3,000-6,000 eggs
Did You Know: Most commonly seen as the formaldehyde-soaked specimens in the high school lab-dissection tray. Also, the food industry prefers them for frog’s-legs dishes (try ’em at Vietnam’s Central in Scarsdale).

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