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Noah and the Tree Frog

September 16, 2010
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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.

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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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