It’s mating season for toads in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. The mating process begins when male toads, such as the one shown above, go to a body of water and begin calling females.
Look closely at the full-size version of the photo. Notice the waves radiating outward from the toad’s air bag, technically called a “dewlap.” Sound is a wave phenomenon caused by vibrations in a medium such as air and water. Light is a wave phenomenon too (as well as a particle phenomenon). Who knew still photos could capture both light and sound waves?
- Eastern American Toads (mating pair)
- Amplexus gone wild!
- “Toad-ally in love!” — a five-part series of posts featuring two types of toads commonly seen at Huntley Meadows Park: Eastern American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus); and Fowler’s Toads (Anaxyrus fowleri).
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