Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday morning frog pictures

Ha ha! This picture isn't of Sheba either! Will there ever be a Saturday Sheba picture again? WILL THERE?

Yes, actually. Most likely. But there are other animals around now. You know how it is.

The frog here is in the Ananas comosus 'Mongo.' The plant is now large enough to be sort of menacing, but I suppose that makes it a better home: harder for other animals to get in.

I'm not 100% on the ID, but my guess is that we're looking at another Hyla versicolor, or eastern gray treefrog. The other likely possibility is Cope's gray treefrog, H. chrysoscelis, which is so similar that the two species were considered a single one for a long time. Their ranges mostly overlap (eastern half of the U.S., though H. chrysoscelis is absent from the southeast corner of the continent -- basically Tennessee and North Carolina, and all points south, have only H. versicolor). The difference I find most interesting about the two of them is that apparently they differ in chromosome number: H. chrysoscelis is diploid, and H. versicolor is tetraploid.

Whichever it is, it only lived there for one day. It was a little disturbed by me photographing it, as you can see from its posture above, and I suspect most of our frog visitors are only passing through in the first place. Presumably it moved on to wetter pastures.


Ginny Burton said...

Wonderfully expressive features. I never realized that frogs could show emotion.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It looks a little annoyed :) And very cute!