Gray treefrogs masquerade as green treefrogs

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Brightly-colored treefrogs like this one have been plentiful this season, and are often seen at night when they go searching for insects, or heard due to their interesting calls that provide listening pleasure for Missouri evenings. Despite its green color, the frog shown is actually a gray treefrog ó Missouriís most common species of treefrogs. Their color can be green, gray with dark patches, or greenish-gray or brown, with bright green individuals like this one often spotted. To tell the difference between green and gray treefrogs, greens have a white or pale yellow stripe running from its upper lip down along its side, whereas grays will have a light spot beneath the eyes, and a yellow-orange color splash on its hind legs. Greens may also have yellow spots on its back. Two species of gray treefrogs occur in Missouri: Copeís gray treefrog, and the eastern gray treefrog. They are almost identical in appearance, but the eastern gray treefrog has a birdlike, musical call, whereas Copeís treefrog sounds more like a buzzer. For more information about Missouri frogs, visit https://mdc.mo.gov. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Brightly-colored treefrogs like this one have been plentiful this season, and are often seen at night when they go searching for insects, or heard due to their interesting calls that provide listening pleasure for Missouri evenings.

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