Category Archives: reptiles and amphibians

American Toad in Grass

American Toad in Yard

American Toad in Yard

I’m re-posting this photo of an American Toad in the yard. It was just hiding in the grass and didn’t mind that I took a photo of it. This is the dark green color phase, the other color phase is dark brown.

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Painted Turtle

painted turtle, michigan's state reptiel

A Painted Turtle, Michigan’s state reptile

I took this photo of a Painted Turtle several years ago in Traverse City. It is the state reptile of Michigan. A lot of people don’t know that in addition to a state bird, there is also a state reptile. This is one of the most common turtles throughout Michigan. This photo was taken near a small pond, as turtles need to spend time around water.

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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

This is a picture I took a few years ago of a Leopard Frog on Big Bear Lake in Michigan. This is only the second time I have seen this frog. It was just sunning itself by the lake as I was walking by, and I just happened to see it. It is quite a striking frog, but I think the spots  probably work well as camouflage.

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