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Barking Tree Frog   (Hyla gratiosa)
Category: Amphibians

 

 

This species of frog is native to the Southeastern United States. They are variable in color but recognizable by the dark, round markings on their backs and granular skin texture. They are found in a variety of woodland habitats but require fishless wetlands for reproduction. Their vocalizing groups, or choruses, are said to sound like barking dogs from a distance.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hylidae
Genus - Hyla
Species - H. gratiosa

 
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Caecilians: The Limbless Enigma

Caecilians are amphibians with long, limbless bodies that resemble worms or snakes more than frogs or salamanders. Their name means “blind ones,” a reference to their tiny, skin-covered (or in some cases, non-existent) eyes - which probably don’t get much use, as they spend most their lives burrowing underground. Caecilians are unusual for amphibians in that 75% of them give birth to live young, oftentimes, fully formed. There are also a few species where the mother actually grows a layer of nutritious, fatty skin that is eaten off by her own young, which is analogous to breastfeeding in mammals.

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