June 30, 2007
When we went to a friend's 50th birthday party one evening, I sure didn't think this would be the type of "wildlife" I would be photographing! :) They don't emerge and start calling until after dark, so I had to use a flash in this photo. My friends have a little pond on their patio that attracts these guys. This male frog is perched on a rose bush, I wonder how he avoids those sharp thorns?! It is easy to tell that he is a tree frog due to the little pads on the toes. Males woo the females by singing (croaking) as they inflate the throat pouch (see following photo). Their call sounds a lot like a bird chirping, if you hear what sounds like a bird chirping after the sun has set on a warm summer evening, it is probably one of these little frogs. If the cryptic coloration of these frogs doesn't hide them well enough, they also have bright gold-yellow "flashes" under their thighs which are revealed when they jump used to confuse a predator.