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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Saving the frogs...


Good morning, my little dancing coconuts~

This little Pacific tree frog, formally known as Hyla Regilla, is a rather narrow waisted, long-legged miniature amphibian, and completely full grown. The females, which do not exceed two inches from their snouts to their vents, are larger than the males. This little frog is undoubtedly a male, as he has the dark throat patch, which is developed by singing and stretching the skin.

As you will note, this frog also has the two characteristic stripes that cross its eyes and continue to its shoulders. It is difficult to see in this picture, but between their eyes they also have a Y or a V marking as well.

Tree frogs can range in color from a bronze brown to a lime green, and in spite of rumors to the contrary, they are not like chameleons. Their color changes according to the temperature and moisture content in the air, not their surroundings. Of course, blending doesn't hurt their survival as they forage for insects along forest edges, ponds and in the long grass.

This little critter had been stepped on by my granddaughter, but managed to hop away and survive her rubber boot. For years we have found these little frogs living inside our outdoor grills, under the vinyl grill covers. Whenever we grill we make sure first that no new frog has taken up residence. (Mon dieu, we couldn't dream of harming them. We're not French.)

This is not the new official Washington Amphibian, the chorus frog, although some scientists think they belong to the Hyla family as well.

Anyway, knowing that we have so many frogs here has been reassuring, as these amphibians are one of the first species to go when the environment starts deteriorating. So many parts of the world are losing their frogs and salamanders, that I am grateful our backyard is not one of them. I hope yours isn't either.

Clark County Diva

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