Spring Swimming

April 4, 2017

There are some amazing creatures that have recently emerged for some spring swimming! You may have already guessed what they are, FROGS!! April 29, 2017 is Save the Frogs Day. There are many events happening all around the world to celebrate the wonder of frogs! Visit savethefrogs.com/day to find events in Rhode Island. 

 

You may have started to hear some frogs in your backyard. The earliest callers are the spring peepers and the wood frogs. These are some of the first signs of spring. Both of these unique creatures have special antifreeze in their bodies that allows each species to become a kind of frogsicle in winter that thaws with the return of the warmer weather in early spring. Check out a great video of this amazing feat at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLPeehsXAr4 

 

All amphibians which include frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians are extremely important water quality indicators. These creatures have specialized skin which allows them to absorb water like a sponge. Due to this unique characteristic, amphibians are very sensitive to pollutants and if found can be a sign of a healthy water body. 

 

I encourage you to dive into the world of frogs this month and promise that you will not be disappointed!

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