Thursday, January 26, 2006

Is That a Frog in your Fence Post? Or...

So, a while back, I was delivering some compostable materials to my compost pile, when I happened to look down the pole for the chain link fence dividing my yard from my neighbor's, and what do you think I saw?

At first, I thought it was some kind of alien, you know, like Yoda. All I could see was two beady little eyes looking up at me from a little green face (I used the flash to take the picture so your view is a lot better than my first glance was.)


Turns out, instead of an alien Jedi Master, it was the aptly named Green Treefrog, Hyla cinerea, you can just barely see the white lines on either side of the jaw-line beneath the eyes. As it turns out the chorus is a familiar sound in my back-yard as well. While I personally was surprised to suddenly find this specimen in my fence post, if I had been looking for Green Treefrogs this is one of the first places I should have looked. Ecologists and other researchers studying frogs have used PVC pipe as a sort of open-ended trap for localizing and counting treefrogs. Turns out it's cool, moist, and quite safe in there. (I tried to catch this one to show the kids by reaching my finger down the pipe and guess what?... the little bugger was just below my reach! How about that?)

I checked back the next day and he was gone. I'm glad he stayed long enough for me to get the camera and take this picture!

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