Wonderful Wood Frogs

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At the end of winter, just when you are thinking spring will never arrive, an ancient amphibian ritual begins to reassure us that spring is finally here. Wood frogs are an amazing amphibian that are found throughout the Washington DC area, the eastern United States, and most of Canada and Alaska all the way to the Arctic Circle.

To witness this froggie ritual, head outdoors as the days are reaching the 60 degree mark and the nights are rainy. There will be about a 2 week window when millions of adult wood frogs emerge from hibernation to sing and mate. You just need to take a walk into a wooded area where there are puddles of water, also know as vernal pools. These special pools dry up in most summers and fish are not able to live in them, so they are perfect for variety of amphibians to lay their eggs.

Male wood frog songs sound a bit like a quacking duck. As you approach a wood frog filled pool, their songs may stop, but if you sit or stand quietly, they will begin again. And it is amazing. Some pools may have hundreds of frogs right in front of you! During daytime, you will mostly see males. At dusk and nighttime, the more secretive females become active and available for all the males to court.

In just a few days, millions of gelatinous eggs will be laid by the female wood frogs. The eggs will hatch into tadpoles in about 1-4 weeks, depending on the weather and water temperature. The tadpoles will go through metamorphosis lasting about 2 months and then hop out of the pool as teeny frog-lets. The frog-lets disperse into the surrounding woodlands to feed on tiny insects and hide from predators. If they survive, they will return to the same pools as adults to repeat the cycle.

These small to medium sized, leaf colored frogs spend most of the winter buried under ground or at the bottom of vernal pools where they may actually freeze solid. It is this amazing freezing ability that has many scientists so intrigued.

Frogs are vertebrate animals. Just like people, they have muscles, bones, blood, and all the same internal organs (heart, liver, kidneys, etc…) too. This is why so many high school biology students dissect frogs, not to learn frog anatomy, but to learn human anatomy.

Wood frog anatomy is very similar to humans, just like other frogs. However, wood frogs have a very special physiology. Wood frog physiology allows ice crystals to form in their cells without rupturing the cell walls, as would happen in other vertebrate animals.  And even more amazing, when they defrost, their bodies defrost from the inside to the outside!

Scientists are studying wood frogs to learn this secret and possibly figure out how to apply this ability to humans. Imagine if we could freeze humans, keep them in frozen hibernation during long space voyages, and then defrost the space-goers with no ill effects from the freezing. Kind of like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back!

Wood frogs are toadally wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Creature Feature: Lizard Liz

Elizabeth Thompson

2011-12-31 23.00.00-19

Animal Keeper & Wildlife Educator

Reptiles Alive Name: Lizard Liz

Hisstory: Lizard Liz grew up moving all over the country with a military family. Everywhere she lived, her favorite pastime was exploring nature and learning about animals. She went to college at the University of New Hampshire to study Wildlife Conservation. During her college career she spent her summers working as a camp counselor or naturalist at several different locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She knew that she wanted to be an educator and to work with animals so when Reptiles Alive offered her an educator and keeper position, she jumped at the chance to start her career!

RA Diet: Lizard Liz will typically eat very lightly, often just an apple or some carrots.

Natural Diet: Anything that isn’t spicy. She especially loves sea food and red meat.

Range: Lizard Liz can be found almost anywhere in the United States, occasionally venturing as far north as Alaska.

Habitat: The hotter, the better. Lizard Liz loves warm weather and the occasional thunderstorm and can be found anywhere from low lying beaches to the tops of mountains.

Size: Lizard Liz has reached her maximum size of 5’5′.

Lifespan: If Lizard Liz is well cared for, she can live up to 90 years or more.

Reproduction: Lizard Liz’s “baby” is a blue tongue skink named Spice, who is her pride and joy and VERY spoiled.

Conservation: From a young age, Lizard Liz has understood that there are many wildlife species that are in need of help. She has devoted her life to educating people about these species, especially the ones that don’t get enough recognition. She loves working with kids in environments where they can experience what they are learning about in a way that classrooms can’t always provide.

Cool Facts: Lizard Liz loves talking about all different kinds of animals and spent a summer working at the Philadelphia Zoo teaching kids about the large mammals including rhinos, cheetahs, and giraffes.

 

NOW FILLED Job Opening: Reptile Keeper (part time) & Wildlife Educator (part time)

 

THIS POSITION IS NOW FILLED AND CLOSED TO APPLICANTS

Job Opening: Reptile Keeper (part time) & Wildlife Educator (part time)

(positions may be combined for a full time position)

www.ReptilesAlive.com

Reptiles Alive LLC is looking for a reliable, responsible, and energetic person who wants to work professionally with reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

Reptile Keeper 20-30 hours per week Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Wildlife Educator 4-20 hours per week (flexible) primarily nights & weekends

Location: Our home-based facility is located in Annandale, VA. Educator will perform programs at venues throughout the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area.

Reptile Keeper Position Description:

Pay is $12 per hour, avg 24 hours per week

Keeper Duties Will Include:

-Care for a collection of over 40 live reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates

-Cleaning animal enclosures – scrubbing, sanitizing, general maintenance of enclosures

– Checking animals for health and well-being

-Preparing animal food and feeding the animals

-Record keeping

-Following instructions for maintaining the safety of the facility and the health of the animals

-General cleaning (vacuuming/mopping/etc…) of animal and office areas

 

Keeper Duties May Include:

-Light office work (answering phone, emails, taking bookings, etc…)

-Assisting wildlife educators with outreach educational live animal shows at special events in the NoVA, DC, MD area.

Keeper Qualifications:

Applicants must be:

21 years or older

Exceptionally responsible and able to work without supervision

Able and willing to handle heavy animals that may bite and/or scratch

Ability to lift 50 pounds and work a physically demanding job for 8 hours

Experience with and knowledge about reptile husbandry is preferred

Successful candidate will have a clean criminal background and driving record check

 

 

Wildlife Educator Position Description:

Pay ranges from $0-$500 per week, based on bookings, primarily nights & weekends

Educator Duties Will Include:

-Presenting FUN, HIGH ENERGY, and ENTHUSIASTIC live animal shows for a variety of audiences (primarily children ages 2-12) and venues including private parties, school programs, scout meetings, and all kinds of events.

-SAFELY handling a variety of live reptiles (including snakes & crocodilians), amphibians, and invertebrates (including tarantulas & giant cockroaches) in public settings.

-Maintaining attention and control of audiences in a fun, upbeat, and positive manner

-Driving to all kinds of locations throughout the DC area

-Arriving ON TIME OR EARLY to all events

 

Educator Minimum Requirements:

-Must be extremely responsible, reliable, and able to work unsupervised

-High School Diploma and 21 years or older

-Valid driver’s license with clean driving record

-Ability to lift 50 pounds

-Ability to speak confidently and enthusiastically in front of large audiences

-Ability to handle exotic and potentially dangerous live animals safely in a public setting

-A reliable vehicle

-Comfortable driving in the DC metro area including the city and interstates

-Successful candidate will have a clean criminal background and driving record check

 

Educator Preferred Requirements:

-Experience developing and presenting animal/environmental education programs for the public

-Experience working with reptiles and amphibians or other live animals

-Experience driving in the Washington DC Metro area

-Completed college courses in communication, public speaking, drama, and/or biology.

 

To apply for either or both positions:

Please email your cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Caroline Seitz

reptilesalive@gmail.com

 

Happy Holidayssssss from Reptiles Alive!

Oh boy – I just love holiday time at Reptiles Alive.  Our tortoises and herbivorous lizards love the leftover pumpkins from Halloween and Thanksgiving we feed them (even more than pumpkin spiced lattes!)  Our gators, aquatic turtles, and carnivorous lizards enjoy some tasty turkey morsels to go along with their favorites of defrosted frozen mice & rats, super-worms, crickets, and giant roaches.

To help you celebrate the season, we are offering a special $20 discount on any Reptiles Alive show gift certificate purchased this month.  A Reptiles Alive show makes a super fun gift for teachers, kids, scout leaders, or any one you know who loves animals!  This is a unique gift your recipient will never forget.  Really – a Reptiles Alive show just makes the season bright!

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To receive the $20 discount off your gift certificate, book your show with us this December and be sure to let us know you saw this offer on our blog page.  Or, you could sing the following song to us on the phone:

rudolph the red-eyed treefrog

For an even BIGGER DISCOUNT, send a video to us of yourself, or someone you know, with permission for us to use the video in social media and on our website to reptilesalive@gmail.com

If you do send us that video, YOU’LL GO DOWN IN HISSSSS-TO-RY!

Hoppy Holidays Everyone!  :)-

 

 

 

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