Wednesday, February 8, 2012
H ~ Hyla regilla, Pacific Treefrog
Only 1 ½ to 2 ¾ inches long, the Pacific Treefrog is a real charmer. They have bulbous toes which allows them to climb and hold on vertical surfaces. I have often found them in and on garden walls. They have a wide variety of colors and blotches which help them blend to their background. Often they will be quite vocal and even though you know they are right close by, they blend so easily they can be almost impossible to see until they jump. As soon as a few days of warmer weather start this month, they will be chirping and calling from every moist woodland, field and pond.
I have a profound soft spot for frogs. In all their shapes and sizes, I love discovering them. Frogs often are a symbol of transformation. The Japanese word for frog is "kaeru." It is the same word meaning "return." So travelers carry a small frog amulet with the intent of returning safely home.