Toad outside Hunnewell Building and across from the meadow, 2017
Photograph by Larissa Glasser
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
May 19, 2017
Larissa (Library Assistant) had finished parking her Jeep when she happened to look down at some movement on the ground. The amphibian seemed to be resting and calm. Larissa was hesitant to frighten it, but quietly managed to snap this image.
Amphibians are a crucial part of the Arboretum ecosystem. This toad was probably en route to the watery haven at the meadow (along Meadow Road). Further along the road, the three ponds in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection—Dawson, Faxon, and Rehder, named for former Arboretum staff members—are also teeming with wildlife.
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