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Gray Tree Frog   (Hyla versicolor)
Category: Amphibians

 

 

This small, arboreal frog is widespread in the Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada. They are able to camouflage themselves by changing their skin color to match their surroundings. They change color at a slower rate than a chameleon, but can vary their hue from nearly black to almost white. The gray tree frog has an extra set of chromosomes, so is sometimes also called the tetraploid gray tree frog. An astonishing adaptation of these frogs is that they can survive freezing of their internal bodily fluids to as low as -8 degrees Celsius!

Learn more about the Gray Tree Frog at Wikipedia and Reptiles Magazine.

 

Data & Facts

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

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live in the water until they grow legs and lungs and become toads. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there always has to be an exception to the rule: the male Suriname toad implants eggs into the female’s back, which sink into her skin and forms pockets where the eggs eventually hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles live on their mother’s back until transforming into toads, at which point they burrow out of her skin in a fascinating or horrifying (or both) display, depending on your perspective.

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