We often see a number of frogs in our PondView travels, especially on the path on the edge of our pond. And Pickerel Pete is our latest find...we call him that because...he's a pickerel frog!
He's a handsome fella, one of the largest we've come across...about 3"+...with a dramatic pattern on his back, and native to our area in the Tug Hill. And not very shy. Just hanging out on the grassy pond edge, waiting for some bugs to come by...for an easy meal.Just found out an an interesting fact about this guy. If threatened, he'll emit skin secretions which are irritating to people and downright toxic to some predators — pickerel frogs are actually the only poisonous frog native to the United States. Most animals leave this guy alone - they seem to have an innate sense that he's big trouble. His secretions can very irritating to people if they come in contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or broken skin.
But, Pickerel Pete still needs to stay on his little amphibian toes. Some other critters are on the hunt for him...and they hang out in the same places. His biggest enemies are green frogs, bull frogs, northern water snakes, eastern ribbon snakes, and common garter snakes. If any of these show up, he'll jump into the water and dive to the bottom...
If he doesn't get eaten first :-)
Hope to see Pete again sometime soon!