May 2014: Green Tree Frog

American Green Tree Frog

Hyla cinerea

Who am I?

I am a frog, I spend lots of time climbing trees, duh. Trees are where the food lives and I blend in really well with the leaves. My mate and I will get together in late April and I will lay eggs in the local pond or other still fresh water. I will usually lay eggs only once a year, but hey, rules are meant to be broken. I make a very distinctive call that kinda sounds like a duck. If you go out at night with a flashlight you can follow my call and easily find me.

Where can you find me?

In trees, duh. Oh, and on your windows and screens on summer nights, assuming you left a light on. Okay, in ponds and puddles and wheelbarrows -- anywhere there is water sitting around; that is where I lay my eggs. There you can find my tiny tadpoles if you look carefully. 

What do I eat?

I eat insects, all kinds including mosquitos, flies, crickets. Basically any insect that can fit in my mouth and is silly enough to get too close.

What might eat me?

I watch out for snakes, lizards, birds, turtles, oh, and people. People catch me and keep me in a little tank as a pet. Water beetles, fish, and other aquatic predators will eat my babies if they are not careful.

Cool reasons why I am the critter of the month!

  • I am skittish and will jump or climb at the slightest hint of danger.
  • I can sense vibrations in the ground so step quietly around me.
  • I eat mosquitos so don't hurt me!

 

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