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    Hi there,
    This is my first post on this forum. I'm quite happy to be there, sharing love for the Frog.
    I am mainly interested in wildlife in freshwater wetlands and I don't have an aquarium/terrarium (yet).

    I came across a frog yesterday. Do you have an idea what species it is?
    You may not be able to tell. At least we share some nice pictures

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    It has been taken in southern Québec, Canada, 20 miles north of Vermont.
    The picture dates from April 1st, 3 feet from a permanent water pond. The outside temperature was 40F, 90% humidity, at 9pm that day.
    The last chunk of ice disappeared only 2 days ago and freezing temperatures are expected for the days to come.

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    Wood Frog. They're a type of true frog, but they spend most of their time on land, and interestingly they survive being frozen solid in the winter.

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    Yes, it is a wood frog, a type of Lithobates (or Rana if the book or article you're reading is old) species. The imformation that Dace gave you is correct, they can survive up to 60% of their body being frozen in winter, but if you keep one, it is not safe to do that, as some do not survive the process

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    Thanks a lot Dace, Cliygh and Mia! That is exactly what I hoped for.

    It makes perfect sense. If I understand well, a Wood Frog is:
    • cold resistant (part of the body can be frozen)
    • common in southern Québec
    • migrates in early spring (one of the first to emerge)
    • likes to walk out of the pond

    I am quite impressed by his abilities. It sounds like a SuperFrog to me.

    Cliygh, be reassured. I let him outside in his home (the pond picture below) with no plan of keeping one. And as you say, an attempt to raise some in captivity will likely be a failure. He is far more happy here

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    These guys are a fond childhood memory of mine. They are common here in southern Ontario. You can always tell when the weather is returning because these guys are the first to sing. I've always known them as Banded wood frogs.

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    I know someone who froze a wood frog as a science project with liquid nitrogen, then un froze the frog and it was still alive. I still think it was cruel to the poor frog, though.

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