Amphibians

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Introduction

Amphibians are of the class Amphibia. There are two orders of these animals found on Mount Desert Island: Salamanders (Caudata) and Frogs and Toads (Anura).  Frogs and Toads were previously classified in the order "Salietia." The order name, Caudata, is from the Latin for "tail." The order name, Anura, is from the Greek for "without tail." The order name, Salietia, is from the Latin verb for leap or spring.

Salamanders (Caudata) have limbs, slender bodies, long tails and smooth skin. Unlike lizards, they lack ear openings, scales and claws. They are carnivorous. All Salamanders lay eggs in water.

Frogs and Toads (Anura) have well-developed limbs, visible hearing organs, moist skin and lack discernable necks. Frogs and toads are carnivorous. Most frogs and toads lay eggs in water that develop into tadpoles. Adult frogs and toads do not have tails. Frogs tend to remain in or near water whereas toads tend to stay on land except to lay their eggs in water or rehydrate. 

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Specific Species

The following columns are specific orders of amphibians found in the area of French Hill Pond. Point and click on the photograph or common name of the species for which you wish a detailed description.

Species will be added as information becomes available.

Caudata Anura
  Bull Frog
Bullfrog
  Green Frog
Northern Green Frog
   
   

 

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