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An Unexpectedly Early Juvenile Gray Treefrog

At this time of year the bird-like courtship trills of male Gray Treefrogs can be heard throughout the night from shrubbery bordering wetlands. Mating is taking place, eggs are being laid and typically the offspring would be seen in July and August.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered this 3/4″ juvenile Gray Treefrog recently. It’s possible that it could be this year’s — eggs take 2-5 days to hatch and tadpoles metamorphose into adults in 30-60 days. Early-emerging treefrogs could have parented this individual. But it’s also possible that it could have overwintered as a juvenile. While we’ll never know its exact age, it’s fun to see a juvenile this early in the season.

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4 responses

  1. What an amazing photo! I love those toes!
    How did you spot this little critter?

    June 20, 2022 at 9:01 am

  2. Alice

    What a beauty! Froggie is well-camouflaged…looks like green sun-screen. The adults are so beautiful…especially their eyes. I’ve been fortunate to see 3. My daughter has had quite a loud chorus, about 3 miles from here..I haven’t heard any.

    June 20, 2022 at 9:23 am

  3. I would hear the sound of these creatures in the woods and surrounding land/yards and always kept saying to myself I wonder what kind of bird that is? Then one day my watering can was making a sound and I said to myself, what is that? And there He/she was happily clinging to the inside of the watering can chirping/trilling away! Nature’s sound identified! Love knowing what I am hearing it is so reassuring that Nature is Great! so you know what it sounds like enjoy this! 🙂 ❤

    June 20, 2022 at 9:33 am

  4. Dear Mary, I miss you and love reading your columns! You probably don’t remember this but some of our guests used to complain about the noise during the night! Tree frogs of course. I loved their virbrato singing! Just had my Lucy spayed. It was traumatic for me, she seems fine! Lots and lots if love, kay

    Sent from my iPhone


    June 21, 2022 at 6:10 am

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