Frog tenants

I’ve noticed tiny frogs sunning themselves on our deck, first one, then two, then three. A dish garden of sedum seemed to be offering them a pleasant place to live.

They aren’t much bigger than a thumb and their markings make them appear to have a big smile. I thought we only had a few bright green ones until I watered on a warm, sunny day and counted at least five that were disturbed by an unexpected shower.

Two of the frogs sported stripes and dots and touches of bright green, making me wonder if this is an adult stage of the others or if we have two kinds of frog tenants. Any amphibian experts out there?

6 thoughts on “Frog tenants”

  1. Hi Kay,
    I’m not an expert, so maybe someone else will know more authoritatively, but I did find this link: It *looks* like *maybe* you have two true frog species here.
    The green ones are probably Pacific Tree Frogs (Chorus Frog) Pseudacris regilla (Hyla regilla), and the brown one may be either a Cascades Frog – Rana cascadae or maybe a Red-legged Frog – Rana aurora.
    Of course, I could be way off, too.
    If the Pacific Tree frogs are anything like the trees frogs in central Texas, they will sing in contralto or alto at night, and not shyly either. I used to fall asleep listening to the symphonies of the frogs and crickets. We have bull frogs that sing in basso profundo, and the crickets rub the spines on their legs in soprano.
    They eat bugs! Good neighbors. 🙂

  2. I love these shots! I have two like that bottom one that like to hang around my garbage cans sunning themselves on the lids some days. Have you had one of them crawl up your arm? It feels pretty cool, little Spideyfrogs. I just had to get a toad out of my garage too.

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