Cope’s Grey Tree Frog, Northern Michigan

This is a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog (Hyla chrysoscelis) on a planter on my back deck. Tree Frogs change color depending on the circumstances and can be seen in many different shades of green, brown, and gray. They can be distinguished by their trills, not by visual markings. These frogs come out in the evening. They are known for having sticky pads on their feet that help them climb. They also have a resin on their skin which can irritate humans so hand washing is recommended after handling.

Mites, spiders, plant lice, snails, and slugs are common prey. They may also occasionally eat smaller frogs, including other tree frogs. They are nocturnal and hunt in the understory of wooded areas in trees and shrubs.

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