Sunday, April 29, 2012

Meet a tree frog!

Meet the Pacific Tree Frog, or Hyla Regilla, which means "tree regal"  These tiny amphibians are endemic to the Pacific West Coast and are distinguished by a black stripe across their eye and down their side and round discs at the tips of their fingers, which they use for climbing.  They can be many colors.  They range from Northern Mexico all the way up to Vancouver BC, isolated to the west sides of the Cascades, Sierra Nevadas and the deserts of California.  They are known for the noisy croaking of the males during the springtime mating season and for their eggs that can be found in all sorts of bodies of water.  They are also famous among kids, who search the sides of creeks for them as soon as springtime comes.  Meet the latest friend my kids made.

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