Metamorphosing Gray Treefrogs

metamorphosed Gray Treefrog lateral view

Recently metamorphosed Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) photographed clinging to the reeds over the pond that they developed in as a tadpole. In the top photo, you can see the stubby remains of the tail from when this individual was a tadpole. As the juvenile frogs grow larger, they will move away from the pond, and live in a variety of terrestrial habitats, from holes in trees to dumpsters full of tasty bugs. The frogs that survive to adulthood will eventually return to wetlands for the summer breeding chorus and hopefully successfully find a mate.

metamorphosed Gray Treefrog clinging to branch

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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