Yard work has its perks. We were removing weeds from an outbuilding and uncovered this American green tree frog. It was a small one, only about an inch long. While these frogs are common throughout the southeast, their North Carolina habitat range tends to be a little more to the east than Greensboro. According to a website for amphibians and, maintained by Davison Herpetology, the habitat of the American green tree frogs is expanding into the North Carolina Piedmont.* Have you ever seen one near your home?
As the above frog clung to the wall, we were reminded why we avoid using pesticides in our yard. Nature is such a delicate balance, and amphibians are at risk. There are 21 frog species identified in North Carolina. It would be nice to maintain all of them. If you want to learn more about North Carolina's diverse amphibian population, and possibly become involved in efforts to help prevent decline, go here.
Did you know that North Carolina has the highest salamander diversity in the world? We are second only to Georgia in amphibian diversity in the USA. Learning these facts made us even happier to cover the above tree frog back up and let him sleep for the day. At night, he will be leaping through the air, trying to make a meal of flying insects. Hopefully, he likes mosquitoes. We don't!
*reference and tree frog call, here.