Frogs That Can Freeze

With the thermometer reading 18° this morning, it is hard to believe that within a few weeks the loud quack-like call of male Wood Frogs will be coming from The Preserve’s vernal pools. What is still harder to believe is that right now those frogs are frozen. Yes, actually frozen solid. Wood Frogs are one of the only vertebrates to evolve this ability. This two minute video shows a Wood Frog thawing and coming “back to life.”

Although the bio-chemistry that Wood Frogs have evolved to do this is still being worked out, it is amazing what scientists have discovered to date. Read more about the bio-chemistry of Wood Frogs freezing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s