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Night Time Visitor

Night Time Visitor
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 17:51
Viewed: 2867
Points: 22
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Rosie and I were out on the back patio the other night just enjoying the fresh air and talking with our oldest daughter Traci. Traci said she saw something moving, but couldn't quite make out what it was.

I turned on the porch light to find this little guy just sitting there as if he didn't have a care in the world. I was reminded of a particular story I had always heard of as a young boy about toads.

I was told that if you picked up a toad and it pees on you, you would get warts. Well all I can say is that I picked up plenty of toads as a kid and I never got warts, but I will admit that I always washed my hands afterwards just in case!!

Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus)

Species Description: Snout-vent length averages 5 to 9 cm (2 to 3 1/2 inches). Skin is dry and warty. Color of the back varies from reddish to gray or tan with dark spots having one or two warts on them. Belly and chest are cream colored with some dark mottling on the chest. Warts on the hind limbs are large and usually pointed. Bony crests on the head are usually separated from the parotoid glands but they can be connected to them by a short spur.

Habitat: Common in many habitats including woodlands, fields, agricultural, and urban areas.

Reproductive Activity: Advertisement call is a musical trill lasting from ten to thirty seconds. Chorusing occurs from March through May, and occasionally into early June. Eggs are laid in long gelatinous strings and they hatch in two to ten days. Metamorphosis occurs six to eight weeks later.

Ohio Distribution: Widespread in Ohio. This species has been collected in every county.

Status: Eastern American Toads are probably the most widespread and abundant anuran species in

Info From...Ohio Frog And Toad Species

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-16 17:53]

Hi Ron,
such a huge frog and it is well shown in good details and features. It is interesting to note that we are having less populations of frogs. maybe the farmer are using too much fertilizers and pesticides that does harm to frogs. If not i would be hearing songs at night and everytime after rain.
I like the details and the sharpness of your presentation.


Hi Ron, the same "story" is common between the Turkish folk! But be sure that there is not any reality that the toad/frog skin/secretion stimulate such warts. It is absolutely fabricated.
Anyway, your image awesome showing its glory in the best way!
The focus looks nice and precise. Great notes too.
TFS and have a great new week MF!


Really cute close-up shot of the American toad. I remember back in the Nebraska state after a nice heavy rain these guys would come out in droves and I kid you not they were everywhere all over the road, you did not want to be caught driving over them especially slamming on the brakes to avoid them. Well done. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-16 22:47]

Hi Ron,
I simply love this guy, and you have captured him expertly.

Hallo Ron
Now this is what I call a fat frog. But it surely has some lovely features and well seen details, especially the texture of the skin and the plumpish belly, not forgetting to mention the golden lining along the eye. It is really beautifully captured taken in consideration it was done at night time. Good for Traci being so watchful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-17 8:33]

What a great shot this big frog.
Details and colors are perfect!
Good POV!

it's so natural! tfs

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-17 12:19]

Hello Ron.
Beautiful sharp detail on this guys head and eyes. Good neutral background to. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ron

WOW ! what a great close-up photo of this frog
the Eastern American Toad, very fine POV,
with the help of your Flash superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, i love the
warmer luminosity and colour tones of the image,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-20 11:33]

Hello Ron,
With excellent use of flash and the right POV you have made a fine capture of the American Toad shown with excellent sharpness and colours. This is a portait with 'warts and all'!
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hi Ron,

This is a beauty! Excellent sharpness and depth of field, good exposure and color. You've really captured this attractive little animal well. This is a really nice shot!


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