It wasn't easy, but it was sorta fun to have the goal of identifying this creature. After several days of hearing but not seeing it, I initially guessed it was a squirrel by its loud bark. I discovered the source of the noise just after sundown yesterday — this tiny frog sitting below the kitchen window, just outside of the screened-in porch.
After I babytalked at it for several minutes, it leapt to the porch door. Good thing it was less camera-shy than babytalk-shy, because a photo allowed me to identify it as a Squirrel Treefrog — and its bark revealed that IT is a HE:
- Rraak, rraak, rraak, rraak ...
Mating call of the male Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirrela)
|Be the treefrog by moving your cursor around in the green box.|
Feed the treefrog by clicking in the green box. A tasty insect will appear ... and then disappear.
May 19 update:
After no signs of Lover Boy for several days, we assumed he'd left us in favor of a nearby tree — but upon returning home from Mississippi, he was barking loud and strong. And we soon realized it's because Lover Boy's found his Lover Girl.