Pacific tree frog

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Pacific tree frog
Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla) 3.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Pseudacris
Species:
P. regilla
Binomial name
Pseudacris regilla
(Baird & Girard, 1852)
Synonyms[2]
  • Hyla regilla Baird and Girard, 1852
  • Hyla scapularis Hallowell, 1852
  • Hyla regilla Boulenger, 1882
  • Hyla regilla var. scapularis Cope, 1889
  • Hyla regilla var. regilla Cope, 1889
  • Hyliola regilla Mocquard, 1899
  • Hyla regilla pacifica Jameson, Mackey, and Richmond, 1966
  • Hyla regilla cascadae Jameson, Mackey, and Richmond, 1966
  • Pseudacris regilla Hedges, 1986
  • Hyla regilla Cocroft, 1994
  • Pseudacris pacifica Recuero, Martínez-Solano, Parra-Olea, and García-París, 2006
  • Pseudacris regilla Recuero, Martínez-Solano, Parra-Olea, and García-París, 2006
  • Pseudacris (Hyliola) regilla Fouquette and Dubois, 2014
  • Hyla (Pseudacris) regilla Dubois, 1984
  • Hyliola regilla Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016

The Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) is a species of tree frog. They live on the West Coast of North America. This includes California, Oregon and Washington in the United States, and British Columbia in Canada. They live on the ground, but some have been found living in places 10,000 feet above sea level. They are the only frogs to make a "rabbit" sound.[3] Human beings also brought it to Ketchikan, Alaska.[2][4]

This frog is small. The adult frog is 3/4 of an inch to 2 inches long from nose to rear end. It has a stripe near each eye. Sometimes there is a mark in the shape of a triangle on its head and dark marks on the legs. The frog's main body can be gray, green, light brown, brown, or black. in color. This frog can change color. It can be dark in color with no spots, then medium in color with spots, then light in color with no spots. It takes the frog about 8 to 10 minutes to change from dark to light. This frog has large disks on its toes for climbing and webbed skin on its back feet.[4]

This frog eats insects: leaf-hoppers, spring-tails, flies, stoneflies, ants, wasps, beetles, and caterpillars. It can also eat spiders, snails, and isopods.

This frog moves around at night but it does sometimes move during the day. It can climb trees but it spends most of its time on the ground.[4]

The female frog lays 5 to 60 eggs at a time in bodies of water at least 4 inches deep. The eggs sometimes stick to twigs or other things underwater. The tadpoles are about 45 mm long. They are black or yellow-brown in color with a white or near-white belly.[4]


References[change | change source]

  1. Geoffrey Hammerson; Georgina Santos-Barrera (2004). "Pseudacris regilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T55897A11376273. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55897A11376273.en.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frost, Darrel R. "Pseudacris regilla (Baird and Girard, 1852)". Amphibian Species of the World, an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  3. Nash, Pat (February 2005). "The RRRRRRRRiveting Life of Tree Frogs". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sunny Shah (May 9, 2001). Michelle S. Koo (ed.). "Pseudacris regilla: Pacific Treefrog, Pacific Chorus Frog". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved August 5, 2022.

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