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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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