Top Photo: Freshly morphed green treefrog clings to rush stem at edge of wetlands.
While making the first round of the day through the Outdoor Loop at the museum, we rangers discovered a group of juvenile green and gray treefrogs in Explore the Wild. The frogs were clinging to the vegetation next to the sandstone steps at Water’s Edge. Most of the treefrogs were green treefrogs, a few were Cope’s gray.
The frogs are clearly making use of the duck potato, lizard’s tail, rushes and other vegetation along the shore of the wetland to hide themselves during their first few days as air breathing amphibians.
Though adult treefrogs of both species may reach 2 1/2” these juvenile amphibians were between 1/2” and 3/4” in length.
The diet of these two treefrog species consists mostly of small invertebrates. But, I read a report indicating gray treefrogs may eat other, smaller frogs.
Get out there and have a look around!