Friday, May 20, 2011

Hyla Neighbor!

We were rushing out the door to get to an appointment this morning, when we spotted this Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor). He/She was clinging to our storm door, about halfway up. Despite his thriving conservation status as “least concern” neither of us had ever seen one before. Clearly the appointment would have to wait a couple of moments!

After I snapped a few pics, he leapt down to the stoop. While the “versicolor” in his Latin name does mean Gray Tree Frogs can change color, they do so fairly slowly. So I think it was my camera being challenged by the different backgrounds, not his own physiologic magic, which accounts for the different colors between the two photos. I would say he was really somewhere between the two.

Thanks to the Brookhaven National Laboratory you can listen to some (very noisy) Gray Tree Frogs.


Ms Brown Mouse said...

Frogsong, lovely :)

Irene said...

When I was a kid we had a summer that was extra humid for here. We normally have dry weather, but a storm blew in a ton of humidity that also brought in tree frogs just like the one in the picture. The creepy thing is that they blended in with our carpet when they got in the house! ("Why is the carpet moving???") LOL.