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It Ain't Easy Bein' Green -- Bingham, Illinois
This is a large American Bullfrog ( Rana catesbeiana ) that I found (among many others) along the banks of a small creek that runs through my family's farm in southern Illinois.

The largest of all North American frogs, this amphibian can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 centimeters) or more and weigh up to 1.5 pounds (750 grams). Even the tadpoles of this species can reach 6.75 inches (17.2 centimeters) in length.

Nocturnal predators, they will ambush and eat just about anything they can fit in their ample mouths, including insects, mice, fish, birds, and snakes. They sit quietly and wait for prey to pass by, then lunge with their powerful hind legs, mouths open wide.

Male bullfrogs aggregate into groups called choruses. The male chorus behavior is analogous to the "lek" formation of birds, mammals, and other vertebrates. Choruses are dynamic, forming and remaining associated for a few days, breaking down temporarily, and then forming again in a new area with a different group of males. Male movement has experimentally been noted to be dynamic. In the Michigan study, the choruses were described as “centers of attraction” in which their larger numbers enhanced the males’ overall acoustical displays. This is more attractive to females and also attractive to other sexually active males. Choruses in this study were dynamic, constantly forming and breaking up. New choruses were formed in other areas of the site. Males moved around and were highly mobile within the choruses. Chorus tenure is the number of nights that a male participates in the breeding chorus.

-- Information courtesy of Wikipedia and National Geographic

I'm posting this as the first in a series of seven wildlife photos in response to the 7-day Wildlife Challenge that +Elizabeth Hahn made to me. I'll tag +Meg Rousher for the challenge as well, since she takes beautiful waterfowl and bird portraits in her home state of Florida.

For #WholeWildlifeWeek  curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Sandy Schepis, +Dick Whitlock, and +Anette Mossbacher, and #FroggyFriday, and +All Things Green / #AllThingsGreen  curated by +Cicely Robin Laing...
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