Name: Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla)
Order: Frogs (Anura)
Family: Tree Frogs (Hylidae)
What they look like
- 2-5 cm
- Green, grey or reddish brown with small dark splotches along sides
- Has a dark mask across the eyes from nose to shoulders and a Y shaped mark between eyes
Where they live
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- Found throughout Washington
- Can be found far from water in woodlands, forests and meadows
- Usually lives on the ground (despite name) and hides in underground burrows
- In breeding season, will converge in water habitats
- Breeding season is November to July in permanent or non-permanent water sources.
- Males become territorial when breeding and will fight over prime spots in breeding waters.
- Eggs are attached to sticks or other underwater debris in the shallow low flow areas of ponds or lakes.
- Tadpoles stay in groups, possibly as a means to avoid predators and take up to 3 months to complete metamorphosis.
Did you know?
- Can change skin color quickly from light to dark or vice versa to blend with environment.
- Have glands in skin that secrete a waxy substance that protects their skin from drying out.
- They are diurnal, being active day and night.
- Main threat is introduced fish in breeding ponds that eat eggs and tadpoles. View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.