The Gray Tree Frog in New Hampshire
Meet the Gray Tree Frog
I first met a gray tree frog as he crouched on a log in my log rack. This was in New Hampshire. At first I thought it was a toad, but I checked the posted photos of the frogs and toads of New Hampshire.It wasn't a toad, but a frog.
He looked like he was taking a nap.
I wasn't expecting a frog since we aren't real close to any ponds or lakes. This made me curious about the lifestyle of a gray tree frog. His varied gray colors looked like a perfect match for the bark on the big pine trees, oaks and maples around us.
(photos on this page taken by Virginia Allain unless there is another link for it.)
Gray Tree Frog Photo Gallery - All Pictures Taken by Virginia Allain
Frogs and Other New England Critters - DVD available from Amazon
I enjoy observing the wildlife in New Hampshire in the summer. There are quite a variety of amphibians here, so I need to get this DVD so I can figure out who's who.
I was surprised by how much was on the DVD. Really enjoyed watching the field trips- what a great collection of footage and close-ups. The quizzes were fun and am still going through all the sections on each of the species... they have helped me identify some of what I have found in my yard and nearby fields.
My four year old kept asking to watch one more field trip! Entertaining and accurate- I will be using this in my science classroom. (review by M. Anderman on Amazon)
Description of a Gray Tree Frog
The New Hampshire Fish and Game website describes the gray tree frog as being one to two inches long.
The one I found was more gray than brown but they can also be brownish gray or greenish in color. Its skin was rough with large dark spots. Usually, there is a light spot with a dark edge is below each eye.
I tried to pick it up, so we could use the log that it perched on, but it leaped away. When it did that, I could see that the inner thighs had a stripe of bright yellow or orange.
Notice how well his colors blend into the gravel and would be great on a tree's bark. This photo shows off the markings on his back and also his interesting feet, suitable for clinging to a tree.
Later I'll add my photo of the gray tree frog (taken with a Canon Powershot SX20-IS). I noticed that it looks more silvery gray when sitting on the rusty brown pine spills and dry leaves of the forest floor.
Useful Links on NH Frogs
Photo of a Gray Tree Frog on a Log
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