Pacific Treefrog

Pacific Treefrog on tomato leaf in my greenhouse

The Pacific Treefrog (Hyla regilla) is native to the southern portion of B.C. and is a small frog of about 3/4 to 2 inches in length and classified as a treefrog. It has rough skin that can change colour from greens to browns and is distinguishable by its black stripe through its eyes. It has large toe pads that are good for gripping. They breed in early spring in aquatic habitats in permanent or temporary wetlands, slow-moving creeks, and shallow ponds. The female lays up to 1200 eggs in small clusters of 5 – 120 which they attach to submerged vegetation. The eggs hatch into little tadpoles and metamorphose into frogs in about 2 to 3 months. It lives its adult life in moist terrestrial habitats, such as, wet meadows and open woodlands. They can be found on or around trees, beneath plants, crevices and under decaying logs. They are insect eaters and mostly forage on the ground. They live about 3 years and are active day and night, and hibernate in winter. They can be quite vocal in the evenings.

Connections – Treefrogs and Big Old Douglas-fir Trees

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