With a booming call like a bullís, he beckons females during warm evenings at the wetlands bridge. Our largest frog is usually green or grayish brown with brown spots and large circular eardrums on either side of the head. These territorial carnivores pounce upon insects, crayfish, other frogs - even small birds, snakes, and mice.
Our Turtle Friends
One of our most visible groups of wildlife found at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve are freshwater turtles. On cool, sunny days, large numbers of turtles can be seen warming themselves in the sun on logs. In late spring, visitors might also stumble upon a female turtle as she slowly makes her way across the land in search of a place to lay her eggs.
In the southeastern US, turtles are particularly important members of freshwater ecosystems, and there are more species here than almost anywhere else in the world! Turtles form a living link between the water the land, spending time in both places. Land predators depend on turtle eggs and hatchlings as a source of food, and adult turtles in turn feed on all kinds of plants and animals.
At Blue Heron, we are trying to learn more about our turtles so we can better protect them. We are conducting a survey of the turtles at the Preserve by marking each turtle with a unique tag or notch and recording its species, gender and size. The survey helps us to figure out what routes our turtles take to nest and how we can provide them safe passage between their water homes and their land nests. In the future, this will help us to create better habitat for our turtle residents.
Musk Turtle (Sternotherousodoratus)
Painted Turtle (Chrysemyspicta)
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydraserpentina)
Slider Turtle (Trachemysscripta)
Mud Turtle (Kinosternonsubrubrum)