Around Boulder Lake, the Northern leopard frogs started and finished calling in just four days. This species is considered an early breeding species, but tends to breed at few weeks after wood frogs in the northern reaches of Minnesota.
|Adult Northern leopard frog|
I only heard this species calling for one day and found eggs on the same day. We got a frost the night after I found these eggs, which seems to have damaged more than 50% of the embryos. Each leopard frog lays up to 3,000 eggs, so there were plenty of tadpoles hatching late last week despite this frost damage.
|Amercian toad calling|
One day after hearing this species calling for the first time, American toads were calling in a full chorus and multiple pairs were laying eggs in the backwaters off of Boulder Lake.
Listen to this chorus of American toads heard last Friday May 20th:
|Multiple pairs of American toads in amplexus (and some males)|
American toads lay long double strings of eggs, which hatch in 2-8 days depending on water temperature.
|Pair of american toads in amplexus (male on back of female)|
-notice the strings of eggs under the pair-
|American toad eggs - freshly laid|
Gray treefrogs started calling last week, and Western chorus frogs and spring peepers continued to call.
Although spring peepers were in full chorus in Duluth city limits in late April, in some locations this species did not start calling until last week. A full chorus of spring peepers is so loud that it makes my ears ring after standing by the wetland for five minutes.