Sunday, July 10, 2011

Little Frog

We visited friends in Gig Harbor, WA, today. They live near a pond, and my older daughter found this little frog on the ground in the grass. We had only seen frogs in captivity before, and it was very exciting to see a frog enjoying freedom in the outdoors.  She only held him a short while cupped gently in her hands before he hopped away!

I think it's a Pacific tree frog (also known as the Pacific chorus frog) because it's so small and because of the long, dark eyestripe it has.  Did you know that Pacific tree frogs are famous, at least their voices are, because when we hear frogs "ribbiting," or calling, in the background in movies, we are actually hearing this type of frog -- they are the type of frog that "ribbits."  For example, according to an faq about frogs on Learner.org, "In the movie "E.T., when the children released the frogs in their classroom, we could hear Pacific treefrogs while we were actually watching leopard frogs."  Can you believe it!?  You just can't trust movies, can you?

Here are a few interesting things about frogs.  The Pacific tree frog became Washington's state frog in 2007.  Though Pacific tree frogs can climb trees, they don't usually spend much time in them and are more likely to be found on the ground.  And regarding frogs in general. . .  a group of frogs is called an army. 

Isn't he cute?

1 comment:

  1. These our wonderful! Our Nana once had a Pacific Northwest Tree frog come and live in her kitchen for three springs in a row. He lived on her Bonzai Tree and would disappear in the Fall.

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