wood frog

noun

Definition of wood frog 

: a common North American frog (Rana sylvatica) that inhabits chiefly moist woodlands and is dark brown, yellowish-brown, or pink with a black stripe on each side of the head

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For instance, behavioral scientists who study wood frogs have found that the males employ two distinct strategies in trying to attract a mate. Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 Alaskan wood frogs get as cold as zero degrees, Costanzo said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Wood frogs' winter survival may depend on holding in urine: study," 2 May 2018 During the winter, 60 percent to 70 percent of a wood frog’s bodily fluids are frozen, according to the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Photos: For a second straight February, flowers and frogs have that spring feeling," 22 Feb. 2018 Spring peepers, wood frogs, gray tree frogs, and other amphibians head to these vernal pools and call out for mates. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Immersed In Life For Vernal Pool Training," 17 Apr. 2018 One extreme example of this are wood frogs that live in Alaska. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Florida Is 'Raining Iguanas.' Will The Invasive Reptiles Adapt?," 5 Jan. 2018 Like hedgehogs and wood frogs, many beloved vehicles go into hibernation in the winter. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Our Entirely Subjective Guide to the Most Important Good-Weather Automotive Events of the Year," 2 Mar. 2018 Each spring from March to early April, spotted salamanders, woods frogs, spring peepers, Jefferson salamanders and other small amphibians take a journey of one-quarter mile to seasonal vernal pools to lay their eggs. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Annual amphibian journey program to begin at Summit Metro Parks, if conditions are just right," 21 Feb. 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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