Saturday, March 13, 2010

Going Herping tonight!

For those who are unfamiliar, "Herping"is a term used for going out searcing for amphibians. Specifically, I am looking for frogs and salamanders, who like to spawn in the cold waters of the early spring. A typical Herping adventure involves going out in the dark, wading into a likely pool or swampy spot, and observing creatures with a bright flashlight. It is easy to spot the liitle beasties because their eyes reflect the flashlight....but don't be fooled into thinking that all shiny eyes belong to frogs and salamanders...spiders eyes will shine back too!

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  1. Being the froqg queen and all, I was all interested in this idea....until you used the word "spider" :) Have fun, very curious to learn more about this. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Interesting experience. The Chorus frogs and Spring peepers were extremely loud, and not shy at all of the flashlights. We saw nearly 150 wood frogs, but they were not as vocal...lots of little shiny eyes peeking above the water. Only one Spotted Salamander...kind of disappointing after hearing tales of hundreds visible on a good night.

  3. Cool Dave! I have not gone 'herping' in many many years, but as a child, I was constantly out catching salamanders and frogs day and night. I think I should make a point of exposing my youngest to herping this spring. He'd enjoy that.

  4. hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day!