Florida Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor

A Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) photographed one humid July night in Florida. This frog was just hanging out on some vegetation about a meter off the ground. There was no obvious breeding pool anywhere nearby. The same evening, we observed some Squirrel Treefrogs, and a hungry Ribbon Snake eating a Green Treefrog.

Portrait Michigan Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor

A Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) photographed in Livingston County, Michigan. This illustrates the greenish color that can be seen in many "Gray" Treefrogs. The common name "Gray Treefrog" is thus slightly misleading, as many of these frogs are pale green.

Perching Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor

A Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) photographed while perching on some vegetation on the edge of the pond. This frog was probably on his way into the pond to try to attract females with his advertisement call.

Perching Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor

A Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) photographed hidden in a hole in a tree. This animal was more than 100 meters from the closest breeding site, and the hole in the tree was a good three to four meters off the ground. I had to use a stepladder to get this photo. You can see the tree in the photo below; the red arrow shows where the Gray Treefrog was hidden.

Perching Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor
Noble Gray Treefrog

This Gray Treefrog looks quite noble in the close-up portrait of his his face. However, his choice of real-estate may call his nobility into question. The photo below shows a zoomed-out image of the same frog: living in a dumpster! This was actually a great location for this frog. I saw it every couple days in the same location for about a month. Living in a dumpster probably offered all sorts of perks - safety from predators, warm conditions, and a steady supply of food!

Gray Treefrog in a Dumpster

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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