Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Oct
23rd
2009

Camouflage Fail

I watched this Canyon Treefrog, Hyla arenicolor, crawl out of a stream and climb a rock to do as they do, and take on the approximate color of the rock for an afternoon snooze. It takes awhile to take effect, it seems, as this little guy was not at all hidden at first. I set up on a rock and had lunch while I watched it gradually get darker and darker, but left before the change was complete.

Hyla arenicolor
Hyla arenicolor


 

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3 Responses to “Camouflage Fail”

  1. Michael says:

    In your experience, when is the best time of year to find metamorphosing and young canyon treefrogs? Would a couple weeks after a monsoon be best? Unfortunately I can’t seem to find too many specifics online….

  2. Bryan says:

    I usually see little ones in September or so, though I have seen them more or less most of the year here and there.

  3. Michael says:

    Ok cool thanks for the info

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