Visit from a Green Tree Frog

How cute is this little guy? Kay found him this morning on our porch, hiding in a box of stuff waiting to be donated until she helped him find his way out. Pretty sure he was happy to get out of the crapola giveaway box and up on to the wall.

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I love his racing stripes!

He’s an American green treefrog, also known as a Carolina tree frog or a green treefrog, and his scientific name is hyla cinerea. I know he’s a he because of that wrinkly pouch you can just barely see on his throat. That’s his vocal sac, and it swells up with air when he sings.

We have lots of these little treefrogs in our woods, and love hearing them sing – it’s a much more musical sound than, say, cicadas. These little green peepers come up on the porch like this every so often.

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This guy was about the size of a quarter, but they can get up to 2-1/2 inches long. Most of our visitors are this guy’s size, some a bit smaller.

We get visited by quite a few grey tree frogs, too, like the one shown below – I wrote about him here, at our first wordpress blog.

gray tree frog Collage

As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions, and ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments, below.

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay