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Noah and the Tree Frog

September 16, 2010

When I pulled out my grill this past weekend to do a little late season grilling, which in North Carolina stretches well into November, I was surprised to find tucked back into the corner of my fence, a little Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea).  This is a fairly common herp in this part of the country, but I always enjoy seeing them, especially since they weren’t present where I grew up in Missouri so the novelty is kind of appealing.

Back when I was a kid I used to catch Gray Tree Frogs, which instead of smooth green look brown and bumpy.  The house I grew up in was something of a Gray Tree Frog paradise, and I’d go out with a flashlight and easily come back with a dozen per night that I’d set up in an old aquarium for a day or two before turning them loose.  Gray Tree Frogs are around in North Carolina too but I don’t usually see them as often as hear them.  The Greens are usually easier to find, as this individual indicates.

There’s a great deal of diversity in the color and pattern among Green Tree Frogs.  I guess I’d never looked at them that closely before, but the little black and yellow splotches like on the back of this one are common.  Some smaller individuals also show a some striping on the face, but this one was older, and nearly uniformly and beautifully green.

So, you know, I pulled Noah out to have a look.  He was a big fan.

I didn’t let him touch it, he’s not especially good at being gentle with things just yet.  But frogs are cool, and there’s no age too early to get that message across.

One Comment
  1. September 18, 2010 3:42 pm

    I live in Northern Gray Treefrog paradise in central NJ. I agree that frogs are cool, and I’ve grown quite fond of them! 🙂 I’m glad to hear there are other fans out there.

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