Last weekend I renturned to the Spotted Salamander and Wood Frog Nursery to see how things were progressing. Remember all those millions of frog and salamander eggs that I saw being laid? Well now they are millions of tiny tadpoles. I think they are Wood frog tadpoles. There were about 5 large groups like this in different areas of the pond.
They should be toadlets about the middle of June to the middle of July. I try will go back to take more photos and see the little guys leaving for their own adventures. Of course it will the salamanders that I really want to see.
If you missed the orginal post of a "Night to Remember" showing them mating you can link to it HERE.
Some of the eggs have not hatched yet so next week there should be even more. To tell the truth I am not really sure if these are Wood Frog or Spotted Salamander eggs. I suspect Wood Frogs because of the sear volume. If anyone knows for sure please let me know.
Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, egg mass. There is a smooth outer gelatinous membrane surrounding the egg aggregation, which gives clear egg masses a halo appearnace surrounding the dark embroys. In the wood frogs egg masses lack the smooth outer membrane and therefore are bumpy.
The spotted salamander egg masses come in three flavors - milky-white, clear and intermediate. The larva grow and metamorphose within 2-4 months. So between June and August I should be able to find some young salamanders walking out of the pond. If you click on the photos for a larger view you can see that most of the dot are no longer round like they were when they were first laid. They are more comma shaped.
Some of them were close to the edge and beginning to dry out so I picked them up and moved them back into the water. Amphibians need all the help they can get nowdays.
Below is a close up of those two little egges at the edge of the big blob in my hand.
Spring Peepers and Northern Red Spotted Newts lay their eggs singly near the bottom of the pond and are attached to vegetation. I think these are photos of those but I am not certain.
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