Slippery elm trees are named for their inner bark, which is moist and slippery. American Indians used the bark to reduce swelling and take the venom out of a bite or sting. It is still used today to make throat lozenges.
Coping with the Cold
In winter, spring peepers hide under leaf litter and nearly freeze solid. Bullfrogs hide in mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes, breathing through their skin until spring arrives.