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Treefrogs are some of the best. We're lucky enough to have large numbers of several kinds.
These little Green Treefrogs have taken to the vinyl around the mudroom porch. Lotsa slots.
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Bugs are attracted to the light coming from the basement door. Treefrogs are attracted to the bugs.
We get the unexpected view, and sometimes, going through the door, the unexpected head ornament.
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In a more natural and attractive setting, the gingerlilyfrog:
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Later in the year the green, racing striped treefrogs are more often joined by the gray and squirrel varieties. Here's one that was more pale than most.
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And by the water garden, a southern greenfrog:
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Those slick frogs don't mind being out in the light of day but the dry bumpy grumpies play at toad-in-a-hole.
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Frogs have to start somewhere. Here's a picture of some of them starting in a roadside ditch down in the river swamp:
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And another. These will be full size frogs, the eggs are almost a quarter inch across.
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The frog jumped over the moon
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And a close-up of that gray treefrog-
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Mid-Autumn, two months without rain, and there are untold thousands of tiny frogs hopping around the dried up part of the pond.
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Of several kinds.
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We get a lot of toads. In the Spring we've seen them by the dozen paired up and making toadlettes in the shallow part of the pond. This charming young couple couldn't wait for the water. They're on the downstairs porch, two hundred feet from the water.
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