Quiz #105: Amphibian

Identify this camouflaged creature. (Photographed in Wells, Maine on June 6, 2014.)

Photo of Quiz #105: Amphibian

A. Gray Treefrog

B. American Toad

C. Spring Peeper

D. None of the above

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A is Correct! As their scientific name implies, Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) can be a variety of colors (gray, green, tan, brown) and in fact can change their coloration to blend in with changing surroundings (in this case a gray fence rail). Here's a side look at the same Gray Treefrog pictured above (the light patch under the eye is another useful clue to ID this creature):

Photo of Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

For more examples and info, visit Animal Diversity Web.

B is incorrect. American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) have bumpier bodies with 1 or 2 warts contained in each black back spot. See examples and learn more here.

C is incorrect. Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) are generally smaller (though not small in voice) and usually show an X pattern on their back. See examples and learn more here.

D is incorrect. See above.

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