NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the discovery of pickerel frogs in Davidson County is a great find.
The frogs, lithobatus palustris, were discovered in Warner Park by park naturalist Kim Bailey. Pickerel frogs are prevalent in East Tennessee, though a few have been found in some Middle and West Tennessee counties, according to a news release from the Metro Nashville Parks Department.
Bailey said the find is important because amphibian habitats are diminishing rapidly. Bailey said the more diversity of animals found in protected habitats, the healthier the ecosystem.
Staff members at the Warner Park Nature Center have been monitoring frog populations since 1996.
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