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Kentucky Color: Front Porch frog

The front porch frog, or Gray Tree Frog, has a coat of many colors, which changes to match its surroundings, though more slowly than a chameleon
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Landing Zone Alert

By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry

This Front Porch Frog often referred to as a Tree Frog appears to be hanging on for dear life to the woodbox but in reality is just pulling himself over the top.

This is a Gray Tree Frog, but as you can tell they much like a chameleon can change colors as to their surroundings. Their color changing process is much slower than a chameleon, however.


You can tell that this one has been out in the grass. He or she is not holding the grass blade and hair but they are sticking to the frogs skin which has a sticky mucous covering. Tree frogs often have pieces of leaves and grass sticking to them which augments their camouflage.

I've heard the old expression "fine as a frog's hair" all my life but this is the first time I have ever seen one. -Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2010-05-10 08:08:16
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Kentucky Color: Gray Tree Frog



2010-05-10 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Adair Co., KY
"This is a Gray Tree Frog, but as you can tell they much like a chameleon can change colors as to their surroundings," Billy Joe Fudge writes. "Their color changing process is much slower than a chameleon, however."

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Tree Frog gathers camouflage



2010-05-11 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Here is a photo showing how the Tree Frog gathers camouflage as he travels through his surroundings. This gathered foliage would serve him better in the trees than on the side of the woodbox. He also seems to be "playing possum" as opposed to sleeping and which end is the head?
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