Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm such a good scientist that they come to me!

On my way back into the house last night from the Cave of Strength I found this little guy waiting for me on my mail box.



This is Hyla regilla, or also known as the Pacific Tree Frog.  This one was approximately an inch and a half long.  About average size for an adult.  I live about 3 miles from a large wetland resevoir area where you can here the mating calls all throughout the spring.  This guy traveled a long way to end up on my mailbox about 5 feet off the ground.  He was enjoying the many bugs that were attracted to my porch light.  Since the H. regilla is generally a ground dweller I allowed him to finish his snack and then gently placed him in the flower beds.  I turned the water on as he was looking a bit dry and he hopped away.  Hopefully this guy will call my front yard part of his territory and I will get the benefit of having a bug eating machine living amongst my plant.

I'm a bit of a herpetologist(studier of amphibians and reptiles), which is my nerdy side.  It's a good thing I'm pretty big and scary looking or else you all might start making fun of me.  But this is what my junior explorers(my kids) and I do when we go hiking.

Discover your Passion,

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