Wild Thing Wednesday is taking a long jump with the leopard frog. These photogenic frogs can have background colors of brown, green, or a combination of both, but will always be given away by their large, dark, round spots. Although those spots make them easy to recognize once they are noticed, they are also excellent camouflage. Many Horicon hikers are startled by a leopard frog jumping off the trails from just a few inches away from their toes. Leopard frogs naturally live in wet grassy areas and frequently venture up onto the trails while they search for food. Their preferred foods are any variety of insects, and they will even jump and catch them out of the air. These fine patterned amphibians are always a special find on a Horicon Hike, and humid summer days are the best time to see one.
Photo Credit: Caleb Jenks