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Frogs

Zion's National Park

Lizards
Flowers


If you come to Zion during spring, you will hear loud stuttering sounds, like a cross between an old engine turning over and a cat purring. Lorin thought it must be a large bird and Denyse assumed it was a beaver.

The sound really comes from tiny frogs that live in the drying puddles. They quickly become quiet and jump into their pools if they hear you approach, but if you imitate them loudly ( like an exaggerated Spanish RR ) they will perk up and converse with you for as long as you want.

After a few hours of talking to the frogs, we found that they use a tonal and rhythm system to communicate. The males set the tonal center, sometimes dropping a 5th or an octave, and the females reply in 5ths above the root note.

The mating ritual appears to work like this, The male will mutter his personal call, if a female is interested it will copy the tone and the rhythm. After enough validation, the male will swim over to the female and try to put the "death lock" on her, I call it this because after a male has gotten hold, he will not let go, even if a predator grabs them both.

One of the more interesting aspects of the frog behavior was how the males would fight for the best amplifying rock perch. Whoever is the loudest will probably win the female.


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Zion Canyon Snow Zion Overlook Trail Highway 89 - Southern Utah Paria Canyon - The Wave Paria Canyon - Coyote Buttes Grosvenor Arch Calf Creek Falls Grosvenor Arch Video Calf Creek Falls Video Highway 12 - 24 July Highway 12 - 24 Video Cedar Canyon Kodachrome Basin Highway 12 Southern Utah


May 19, 2000

 

Male Frog

A lonely male



Cactus Rose

Cactus Rose



Mating frogs

Two couples on their honeymoon.



Female Frog

A dolled up female casually waiting for Mr. Right.



Female Frog small

Another Female



Male Floater

Playing it cool with the chicks.



Big Female Frog

Large Female



Frog Amphitheater

A very loud amphitheater.



Top Amphithitheater

A very efficient amphitheater,
where 8 males were talking dirty to females - half way down the canyon.



Frog Love

Frog Love



Frog Land

A very hoppin' frog hang out.



Utah Pictures

A strange primitive worm.



Lizard

Lizard



Lizard



Tadpole

Tadpole



vibrating frog

A dominant male vibrating the water.
He was trying to appease me because of the seductive sounds I made.
Later another male came up and tried to win me over, but was quickly vanquished.



skitters lizard


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Zion Canyon Snow Zion Overlook Trail Highway 89 - Southern Utah Paria Canyon - The Wave Paria Canyon - Coyote Buttes Grosvenor Arch Calf Creek Falls Grosvenor Arch Video Calf Creek Falls Video Highway 12 - 24 July Highway 12 - 24 Video Cedar Canyon Kodachrome Basin Highway 12 Southern Utah







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