pair of gray treefrogs in amplexus

Photograph of a mating pair of Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) observed in a pond in Livingston County, Michigan. In this part of Michigan, gray treefrogs typically breed in May and June. The male frog attracts the female with a trilling advertisement call. The male frog clings to the back of the female and fertilizes her eggs as she lays them. These eggs will hatch into tadpoles that spend the next 6-10 weeks swimming around in the pond, finding food and trying to avoid predators.

mating gray treefrogs, Hyla versicolor

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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