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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of August 8, 2011.
This week we revisit a previously used mystery sound. Have a listen for about 20 seconds and see if you know what’s making the deep croaks. And here’s a hint: what would you get if you combined a jumping amphibian with the big mammal that matadors confront?
If you guessed a Bullfrog, you’re right! The American Bullfrog is Virginia’s largest frog, typically 4 to 6 inches in length. This large size helps account for the males’ deep mating call. Bullfrogs are found all over Virginia in ponds, lakes, and still-water sections of streams. These kinds of permanent water bodies are needed for the Bullfrog tadpoles’ development period of one to two years. Bullfrogs feed on insects, crayfish, snakes, small mammals, and—according to one source—“almost anything living that [they] can at least partially swallow”! Thanks to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Frog Call Survey staff and to Lang Elliott of NatureSound Studio for permission to use this recording from the 2008 CD, “The Calls of Virginia Frogs and Toads.”
For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463. From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.
Acknowledgments: The American Bullfrog sounds were excerpted from "The Calls of Virginia Frogs and Toads" CD, copyright 2008 by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Lang Elliott/NatureSoundStudio, used with permission. For more information, see https://www3.dgif.virginia.gov/estore/proddetail.asp?prod=VW252.
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