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Beginner Gardening Questions: Frog Identification

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WonderWeasel
Kansas City, KS
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2011
12:09 AM

Post #8698778

Hi--

I am by no means a herpetologist, but I'm usually able to do a little internet sleuthing to discover the species of a never-before-seen amphibian (the Eastern Gray Tree Frog and Broadhead Skink come to mind). However, this one seems to elude my detective skills. It's a green frog with brownish streaks down its sides (I assume some species of tree frog, since it lives in a large planter I have filled with jalapenos and bell peppers), and it's about the size of a nickel. If anyone can identify my new tenant, I would greatly appreciate it! Attached is a picture of my "squatter".

Thanks!

--Jordan

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8699289

The Gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) can be a bit confusing as the markings can vary quite a bit.There is also Cope's Gray tree frog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

http://www.ohioamphibians.com/frogs/gray_treefrog.html

http://www.jstor.org/pss/2425724

http://webcat.fhsu.edu/ksfauna/herps/index.asp?page=species&species_id=395-852&dots=yes&tributaries=yes&isAnura=&map=ks

http://www.gpnc.org/amphibia.htm
WonderWeasel
Kansas City, KS
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8699538

Hi moonhowl--

Just went out and looked at him again, and he looks a lot like the Cope's Gray Tree Frog. Thanks for the heads up!

--Jordan

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8699628

Hi Jordan. You are very welcome...I have a soft spot for frogs...grin Moon
WonderWeasel
Kansas City, KS
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2011
11:48 PM

Post #8701045

They are amusing creatures to say the least. I had an Eastern Gray Tree Frog last year that was using my makeshift birdbath as a wading pool.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8701287

We have a Cajun Chorus frog that uses our dining room window as a diner, and a big toad that lives and watches the garden from a hole under a rock in the flower bed. I do enjoy watching them.

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WonderWeasel
Kansas City, KS
(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8737396

We've actually spotted a few Woodhouse's Toads living in our container plants (which I thought was a bit odd); Apparently they like them better than the actual garden bed!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 4, 2011
8:36 PM

Post #8737770

We have so many toads here, it is not unusual to find them camping out in containers and under stored pots. We have a couple very vocal chorus frogs behind a windowbox.. and a tree frog that lives in one of the orchids...adaptability...grin
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

August 5, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8738356

I found this little guy (1/4" long!) on a Hibiscus leaf last year! Same frog? He even stayed still for a few photos!

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tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

August 5, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8738357

Close up:

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8738682

Oh he is a cutie. kinda small to be able to tell for sure, but more than likely either H versicolor or H chrysoscelis.
NatureLover1950
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8738840

I love the various types of frogs that live in my flowerbeds and veggie garden too. They do a wonderful job of eating up lots of insects for me. I used to keep potted plants that are scheduled to be planted out in the fall in a small flowerbed and the frogs liked to dig into the soil thus messing up the plants. I had to move all the plants to the porch and put out pots of soil for the frogs--everybody was happy after that :-}
WonderWeasel
Kansas City, KS
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8771377

Tommy:

Yes, that is the same frog! I didn't see mine for a few days, and found he has been switching between my pepper planter and my tomato plants. He has a whole estate to himself!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8771447

This little green tree frog was hanging out on a daylily stem...about 3/4 to an inch long. (Hyla cinerea)

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duck_toller
Middleton, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 22, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8771741

Thought you might enjoy this http://youtu.be/Z_UTff6Ehbc

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8772428

Thanks Duck...Nature's lullaby..grin

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