Sunday, May 11, 2008

This frog could be someone's prince

In spite of being confined to its porch swing, life is exciting for DD — who wasn't the only adoptee living around here this week:


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)
Like any proud mother, I've given him an appropriate name: Lover BoyJ

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.


  1. Anonymous12:00 PM

    That frog is a hungry little booger, isn't he?

  2. I couldn't help but notice, since you and I have discussed this recently:

    The nighttime photo proves that YES, your camera's flash works!