May 12, 2021


We know our pets

24-hour research for amphibians yields 18 species

Double, double toil and difficulty

Fire burn up and caldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake

Eye of newt and toe of frog…

— William Shakespeare

On March 30, together with good friends John Howard and Kelly Capuzzi, I embarked on what a lot of could look at an odd quest: locating as many amphibian species as doable in 24 hours.

I couldn’t have had better associates. Capuzzi is an aquatic biologist, energetic afield, with extreme curiosity about pure history. Howard lives in Adams County and is a strolling encyclopedia of flora and fauna. I have outlined him in numerous columns.

A day passes promptly and we had to focus on the most amphibian-loaded region of the condition. This was a no-brainer: Adams County, with forays into adjacent Brown and Scioto counties.

Thirty-7 species of frogs, toads and salamanders have been recorded in Ohio. It would be unattainable to find them all in a working day, thanks to geographic separation. But our location allowed the likelihood of finding 32 species.

Jim McCormac

We convened at Howard’s dwelling, and at 11 a.m. set out on what would be a whirlwind 24 hrs of amphibian exploring.

Our very first halt was an isolated hollow in Adams County exactly where we turned up northern dusky and slimy salamanders. The latter is properly-named. Its skin exudes Super Glue-like secretions to deter predators. Wood frog eggs in a smaller pool extra to the list.