Adorable little eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) found right in my back yard. This one had a nice meal before being relocated to the woodpile.
Picture credit @garykylestyle
As summer begins, green tree frogs (Hyla cinerea) chorus from wetlands across Georgia. The males are polygynous, fertilizing the eggs of numerous females over one breeding season. While their advertisement call is a lazy “meep”, they also have a rapid-fire panic call reserved for awkward moments. Eager males often pounce on each other accidentally in the dark, and this call ensures a quick release. Females smile slightly when the release call is heard. #georgiawildlife#treefrog
Happy Mother’s Day! When an orphaned Barred Owl nestling came into AWARE last month, we wondered if one of the adults in our care might be willing to act as a foster mother for the little one. When we cautiously introduced the two, she immediately took an interest in him and has readily taken him under her wing (literally!). Recently another orphaned nestling joined the small family. What lucky owlets to have a mom to help them grow up and teach them what they need to know. The trio will be in our care a little longer yet, and they eat a lot! If you’d like to make a Mother’s Day gift to support their care, please click on the link in our profile. We appreciate your support! #babyseason#lovethewildlife#wildliferehab#wildliferescue#barredowl#happymothersday#georgiawildlife#weloveatl
It’s a rainy morning and dozens of American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) have traveled from nearby woodlands to a small ephemeral pond to breed. A floating chorus of males attracts discerning females hidden along the weedy edges. Swimming directly toward a male with a most appealing tone, a gravid female sheds the unwanted grasps of lesser males, and the two lock in amplexus. A string of jelly-coated eggs is fertilized, the embrace promptly ends, and the parents flee the scene. #georgiawildlife#toads#romantic#amphibian