Monday, March 14, 2011

The gopher frogs are here!

a fresh clutch of Carolina gopher frog eggs
This weekend, Robert Hill and Joe Mendelson from Zoo Atlanta were able to collect several Gopher frog egg masses (see Robert's post last week for details regarding the Gopher frog head start initiative here in GA)

We are excited to have them around this spring and summer, where they will be carefully looked after before being released back into the wild as newly metamorphosed froglets.

Edward, our Sunday volunteer and I were eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year's batch of  Gopher frogs
If you look closely, you can see that gastrulation has begun (the eggs are developing!)