Please enjoy these amphibian and reptile photos by Mike Benard. You can use the links below to navigate between different galleries. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Cuban Treefrog showed up in a Cleveland, Ohio, flower shop. It hitched a ride on a shipment of plants from Florida. Cuban Treefrogs are native to Cuba, but have been introduced to Florida.
Gray Treefrog by swimming pool
A Cope's Gray Tree Frog seen singing next to a swimming pool. This is an example of an "ecological trap", where an animal's natural responses to cues cause inappropriate behavioral responses to human disturbances. In this case, the frog is mistakenly singing next to a swimming pool, even though its tadpoles could not survive the chlorinated water.
Calling from a tree
This Gray Treefrog sings from his perch on a tree.
Bubblehead Gray Treefrog
The inflated vocal sac of this Gray Treefrog hides his face from veiw.
Gray Treefrog showing flash color on leg
You can see the bright yellow flash color on the underside of this Gray Treefrog's leg. The yellow color may distract predators when the frog jumps.
Predator Induced Red Tail in Treefrog Tadpole
Gray Treefrog Tadpoles develop red tails when they smell predators. The tadpole on top grew up in an environment with predators, and so developed a red tail. The tadpole on bottom grew up in an environment without predators, and so does not have the conspicuous red tail.
American Toad Portrait
Jabba the Gray Treefrog
A big male Gray Treefrog perches in a tree over a pond during breeding season.
American Toad with Mushroom
Treefrog Singing on Leaf
Red-Colored Female Wood Frog
Some female wood frogs develop a distinct red color.
Spring Peeper Calling
Calling Spring Peeper
Female American Toad
Nuptial Pads on American Toad
Male Spring Peeper
A male spring peeper with a deflated vocal sac. The male will pump the vocal sac full of air when it is ready to start calling again.
Metamorphosing Green Frog with Leech
A leech is attacking a metamorphosing Green Frog. A leech this size is capable of killing the green frog.
Male American Toad resting between calls