Pickerel Frog – 8/11/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 8/11/11
Observation Time: 3:50 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Pickerel Frog
Scientific Name: Rana palustris
Comments: The skin secretions of a stressed pickerel frog are known to be toxic to other frogs, as many a novice frog catcher has found when he finds only the pickerel frogs still alive in his bucket. These secretions can also be moderately irritating if they come in contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or broken skin. It is advisable to wash one’s hands after handling pickerel frogs.
Pickerel frogs look a lot like leopard frogs. Here’s where you can learn how to tell the difference: https://discovery.acadiau.ca/herpatlas/photopages/compleopick.htm
More Information: Wikipedia