7.10.2005

Variation, Hyla Style

Behind the concession shed door, all within a couple of feet of each other, we found four little green treefrogs, Hyla cinerea. Each had its own interpretation of "green."



Variation One



Variation Two



Variation Three



Variation Four


Each was fat and sassy thanks to the fact that a light stays on all night in the shed. These frogs take advantage of the abundance of insects attracted to the light at night, then during the day they just chill in the shade behind the door.

18 comments:

thingfish23 said...

When we see Hyla cinerea around here, it's cause for celebration - much as it is with green anoles. Both species (green treefrog and green anole) are in a losing life/death struggle with species imported from Cuba - Cuban treefrogs and brown ("Cuban") anoles.

Both of the imported/invasive species are doing more than their part to homogenize the lizard/frog fauna of Southwest Florida.

thingfish23 said...

Oh! Great photos, by the way!

swamp4me said...

We have been lucky fauna-wise around here. Very few invasives.

Plants are another story, unfortunately.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

(Update: You got the following quotes from the boy seeing photos on the blog. To the spider with the large rear: "Whoa."

To the Dung Beetle: "Yea! A dung beetle!"

Sorry, but the melted Starburst got: "Ewww!")

swamp4me said...

LOL
I said pretty much the same thing when I saw the melted Starburst. Glad he liked the spider -- she was awesome!

Watchmania said...

Even frogs like to stand out from the crowd and display a little individual style.

Keith, RN said...

Aren't frogs considered scared in a particular culture whose identity escapes me?

silverzephyr said...

i wish my cats didn't eat frogs. though they aren't this cute and colorful in austin. one of my friends has been telling me about a movie about toads in hawaii that get ridiculously large (cane toads maybe?) and people treat them as pets - like a dog or a cat.

chryscat said...

Look at those multicolor babies! They are adorable!

We've got another baby here, too. Well, nothing so exotic as what creeps/crawls/slithers in your yard. heh
We've got another kitten. :)
Grins*

cookie jill said...

cute froggy butts!

Floridacracker said...

Does it seem like a good amphibian year to you? Over the past few years there have been a lot of articles about vanishing amphibs, and I know my place is just one speck in the big picture, but I have never had so many frogs sharing this place. It's not just one type either. Treefrogs are under everything, in the leaf litter tiny toads hop away in droves, and I have grass frogs in places I've never seen them before.

swamp4me said...

FC, last year was a spectacular year for us amphibian-wise. We had frogs in nearly biblical proportions! You could hardly take a step without scaring up some sort of frog. This year the numbers are a little lower, but it has been drier than last year.

lené said...

I'm always tickled to see your frog pictures, and turtles, because I don't have the eyes for either of them. One day...

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

"These frogs of mine
bars of soap
clinging on the vine"

-Mr. Bloggerific Himself, July 14, 2005


(I don't know either, it just felt like coming out.)

Patricia said...

i think the V4 frog must be a hippy frog. doesn't he look like he's giving the peace sign?

catherine said...

I love these frogs; I look at them every day. Glad to know that amphibians aren't scarce in your neck of the woods.

Cane toads have taken over Australia, not Hawaii. Though many other critters have taken over Hawaii.

SquirrleyMojo said...

frog-a-doddle-do,

work must be keeping you busy . . .

username said...

You are an excellent photographer!