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Archive for August 23, 2011

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

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A gray treefrog starts life off as a ¼”, yellow tadpole. Eventually it may reach 2 ½” in length, and its body will have turned olive green with a red tail. Upon metamorphosing into a frog, the gray treefrog turns a bright emerald green and gradually develops into a mottled gray adult. The two color phases of the maturing frog are so different it’s hard to believe that they are the same species. However, a glance at their large, rounded toe pads tells you that they are at least related. All members of the treefrog family (which includes spring peepers) possess these toe pads, which enable them to cling to rough and smooth surfaces, and to climb up verticle structures, from tree trunks to house windows.