‘Tis a Tree Frog

IMG_0122 copy

Can you see me? Oh, hi! Such camouflage.

The NYPL PD picture I built this on names it a tree toad. Not three-toed. Its scientific name is Hyla versicolor (Wikipedia): 

As the scientific name implies, gray tree frogs are variable in color owing to their ability to camouflage themselves from gray to green, depending on the substrate where they are sitting. The degree of mottling varies. They can change from nearly black to nearly white. They change color at a slower rate than a chameleon. Dead gray tree frogs and ones in unnatural surroundings are predominantly gray. The female does not croak and has a white throat; however, the male does croak and has a black/gray throat. The female is usually larger than the male.

A deserving poster-child!

And just look at this pretty fringed-, egg-nomming mouth of the tadpole of a newly-discovered tree-hole breeding frog from India:

journal.pone.0145727.g003 copy

Various life history stages of Frankixalus jerdonii. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145727.g003)

Advertisements

About michelledevilliersart

Dribbler, scribbler, dabbler, doodler, dreamer...
This entry was posted in Art and Science, Illustration, in the news, Merchandise and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s