Thousand Dollar Croaks

What's a ribbit, peep, or croak worth? For the sake of my sanity, I wouldn't dare calculate the amount of money I've spent over twenty-five years, chasing after myriad frogs and toads, documenting their calls. But there is one rather unusual frog that I will account for here, a remarkable amphibian that eluded me for years—the timid Crawfish Frog, … [Read more...]

Crawfish Frog Video Portrait

I first encountered Crawfish Frogs when I moved to Columbia, Missouri to take my present job at the University. I was able to find males during the breeding season by listening for their snoring calls, but I never encountered more than three or four in any one farm pond. In recent years, I have not found them anywhere in the Columbia area. The … [Read more...]