Friday, August 24, 2012

Chameleon-frog

We ran across this gray treefrog, Hyla versicolor, on a recent outing. It sits, green and gargoylelike, on a leaf. While the animal matches its background fairly well, it seems to have been misnamed - it's hardly gray!

However, when the frog clambers up the bark of a tree, it slowly shifts its coloration to match the woody substrate. Very effective camouflage, I'd say.

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4 comments:

Katy said...

My very favorite frog! :-)

Jack and Brenda said...

That's amazing! The frog must have a built-in version of Photoshop!!

Jim McCormac said...

Thanks for your comments! I sometimes wonder how many of these little frogs that I walk right by...

Sharkbytes said...

I love these little guys! especially their sticky feet and big smiles.