In Wisconsin, United States
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Wisconsin is home to two different species of tree frogs: the Eastern Gray (hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s Gray (hyla chrysoscelis). The Cope's Gray tree frog and the Eastern Gray look almost the same with just a few subtle differences.
The Eastern Gray green to gray to brown in color with a light spot beneath eye; bright yellow or orange on underside of hind legs; large toe pads and a rough or bumpy skin on its back, usually with darker blotches. It prefers to live in wetter places such as marshes.
Cope's Gray is green to gray to brown; light spot beneath eye; bright yellow or orange on concealed surfaces of hind legs; large toe pads-almost the same as the Eastern Gray. It tends to be smaller, has smoother skin, and when calling, is totally green without dark markings on its back. The Cope’s Gray prefers drier hardwoods near water.
It is easiest to tell the difference between the species by their songs. A 3 second trill is the call of the Eastern Gray while the Cope's Gray sings a faster, more nasal song.
Many times while out caching I have ran across these little guys sharing space with caches and thought it would be fun to learn a little more about them.
*Hyperlinks lead to examples of the Tree Frogs songs and are not a necessary part for finding the cache.
8th to Find honors go to:
TEAM NUT TREE HIT #1200 here
JC1: Bss gur tebhaq. Betnavp.
JC2: Nobhg fubhyqre uvtu
JC3: Jung'f gur Greenva? Nyfb, ernq zl abgr sebz Whyl Ryriragu sbe na hcqngr.
Last Updated: on 10/20/2014 2:40:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:40 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum