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Frog population explodes in region of Vermont

Posted at 10:15 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 13:15:23-04

SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) — Several Vermont communities are seeing an abundance of a particular frog this summer.

University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring.

He estimates that 400,000 young frogs were killed by cars in Salisbury. Some of the dried up carnage is still visible on the road.

Andrews says the northern leopard frog lays eggs in grassy flood plains of the Otter Creek. Normally the flood plains dry up and many of the eggs do too, but that didn’t happen this year.

He says people who have been here for 30 years or more say they have never seen so many frogs.