|Photo by imarsman|
"Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close- up." These frogs
grow to about 2 inches, are often green but can be
brown or gray. Identify them by that black stripe that runs
from snout to shoulder.
So, the harmonies of this native to the west are heard in movies and television shows set in places where these amphibians have never set toe pad, such as Amazon jungle, Maine woods, Louisiana bayou. (Filmmakers have much less regard for the importance of habitat than do the frogs themselves.)
Now that spring is supposedly here in western Oregon (goodbye wettest March on record, hello rainy April), the male treefrogs are singing their little hearts out. Chances are the frogs you hear now are these movie stars. Our other frogs are quieter and their musical seasons are briefer.
Just in case you don't live in the Pacific Northwest (and don't have a movie handy), here's the sound you're missing: http://www.californiaherps.com/frogs/pages/p.regilla.sounds.html