Thursday, March 5, 2009

A pair of amphibian videos

On a recent trip to California, I took a few videos of the local amphibian breeding activity:

Calling Pacific Chorus Frogs: The pacific chorus frog is a common frog on the west coast of North America; its geographic range goes from British Columbia to Baja California. In the United States, it can be found in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. You can learn more about this frog at Pacific Chorus Frog Natural History.

Mating Newt Video: The California newt, Taricha torosa is only found in California. The adults congregate in streams and wetlands to breed when the winter rains arrive. They often travel long distances over land to reach the breeding ponds; you may see large groups of these newts crossing roads to get a chance to mate.