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Gray Treefrog: A Frog of Many Colors

7-28-16 young gray treefrog2 IMG_5078A 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 greenish-gray adult which can change its color from green to gray in about half an hour to match its environment. The two color phases of the maturing frog (solid green of the young, and mottled gray or green of adult) are so different it’s hard to believe that they are the same species. (Photo:  young Gray Treefrog; insert- adult Gray Treefrog)

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3 responses

  1. Now when I go into the woods I feel like lots of little friends are all around me! What a wonderful creature!

    July 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Wow! Very very cool.

    July 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  3. The mottling is amazing camouflage. They can be right in front of me and I don’t see them!

    July 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

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