Furship Frog Class

 

Frogs 101

Furship Guild Class

at the CLAW Summer Camp

Members have found frogs all over camp.  Some have become mascots!

In class today we will go to the wooded glen and study tree frogs!

 

Red-Eyed Green Tree Frogs

The Tree Frog grows up to 10cm or 11cm long.  It can be anything from an olive to green color.  The Tree Frog can also change its color to suit its surroundings.

Their call is a "quacking" sound.  They can be heard around garden ponds, from drainpipes or even letterboxes.  They are mainly heard at night, particularly after rain.

The Tree Frog can be found in all states of Australia except Victoria and Tasmania.  These frogs are found in a lot of human habitats.

Like most frogs...they will eat fly's, moths grasshoppers, and possibly other small frogs. Crickets too!  Red-eyed tree frogs come from rain forests of Costa Rica in Central America.

Other Tree Frogs

White's Tree Frog - An average 10 cm (4 inches) in length, this frog tends to look really fat and flabby. Females have been known to grow as long as 5 inches, snout to vent. The males normally grow to be about 4 inches long. Its' smooth green skin characteristically appears to be folded from its' tendency to be obese. Occasionally it will change colors to brown, and sometimes it will also have some little white spots all over it's body. Their rubbery skin helps them to retain water.
It's funny looks have also brought about nicknames like "Dumpy Tree Frog" and "Smiling Frog."

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Cuban Tree Frogs - Cuban Tree Frogs tend to be on the aggressive side and will almost always eat another smaller frog in the same tank even if it is another Cuban tree Frog. Cuban Tree Frogs eat crickets that should be fed a vitamin supplement before being fed to your frog.

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Dainty Green Tree FrogMay be found on floating vegetations, on reeds in swamps and streams or in shrub or tree foliage along rivers. An average of forty-five millimetres in length.

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Answer the following to earn your badge!

or send a picture of your frog and name it's species.

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1.  How big does a red eye tree frog grow?

2. Name one of the White's Frog Nicknames

3. What do Cuban frogs eat?

4.  Gray tree frogs are another tree frog - true or false?

5.  Can you name another tree frog or tell me how the Red-eyed  tree frog gets its name?

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To register for each class, you go to the Camp Claw Form

http://claw.org/member/private/computer/camppoints.shtml 

and fill it out to earn your badge.

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Below is a participant graphic for all campers!

 

We have had a very active Summer Session!  Below are wonderful frog

pictures and information from our class graduates!

This is a green and gold frog....species litoria raniformis

 The beautifully patterned green and gold frog is the only Tasmanian species listed as vulnerable, as population levels have declined markedly over the past ten years. Further details of this species and its plight can be found at our threatened species site.

The green and gold frog is Tasmania's largest species, growing to 90 mm. The tadpoles of this species can reach 100 mm in length.

The call of the green and gold frog is a long, modulated growl,
"craw-aw-aw-aw-awk".

The above frog and information  is from Spaghetti-O

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Like many frog species, the Green and Golden Bell Frog changes its skin tone for camouflage.  When its full colouration is displayed (when the frogs are active in reeds or grass) the frog is easily distinguished from other species at Sydney Olympic Park by glossy green and gold markings on its back. 
What is interesting about THIS frog is they held up the building of the Olympic Park as they are endangered while a new habitat was being built for them. The most headlines frogs have had in Australia!

The above picture and information is from Fleabag.

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This is a flat-bodies toad called a Surinam.

The above picture is from Indy.

The above picture shows their eye balls and their purrty coloring on their bodies.  They even have orange toes!!!

The above picture sent by Pepe

Pseudacris streckeri     -Strecker's Chorus frog
This is a neat frog with lots of spots and has a cool voice too!  Here's some info on him.
Diagnostic Features:  Size: 1-1 5/8 inches
Color:  Varies from gray, brown, olive, to green ground color
Other:  Large, stout frog, dark stripe through eyes, dark spot under the eyes, dark spots run longitudinally, deep yellow or orange coloration in groin, toes slightly webbed with disks at tips.
Habitat:  This frog is seen in moist woodland areas, rocky ravines, near streams, in swamps, or in cultivated fields.
Behavior:  It is nocturnal. It burrows in the soil with its front limbs to gain shelter from heat and predation.
Breeding:  Breeding occurs from November to April or May. Eggs are laid in water and attached to vegetation.
Range:  In North America, this treefrog is found in a broad band through central and eastern Oklahoma and Texas.  In Texas, it is found in the eastern half of the state.

Above picture and information from BlackJack

Hyla cinerea    -   Green Treefrog
This is a cool green frog with a neat slick body, and the color matches my green eyes!  It's call is the one heard on the Furship Frogs Camp page!
Diagnostic Features:  Size: 1 1/4-2 1/4 inches
Color:  Typically bright green, lateral stripes of white or yellow coloration
Other:  Slim, smooth body, white lips, lateral stripes usually extend to groin, but may be much shorter or lacking, many have small yellow dorsal spots, large toe pads present.
Habitat:  This frog prefers wet or moist areas such as swamps, lake sides, and the edges of streams. It is occasionally found in brackish water.
Behavior:  It is nocturnal and walks, rather than jumps. It feeds on various insects.
Breeding:  Breeding occurs form March to October. Males call just before dark. Eggs are laid in a jelly envelope attached to floating plants.
Range:  In North America, this treefrog is found in the deep South, from Maryland to Texas. In Texas, it is found in the eastern third of the state.

The California Red-Legged Frog is one of our most favfurite frogsies. It is the one we talk about when we say we hear the frogs sing in the springtime. It can be found in shallow rivers and pools in California. It can grow up to 5 inches long. It likes to eat any prey it can subdue, such as small amphibians and other small mammals. It breeds from November to April.

The California frog is from those Californian Kittens Milliken
 

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2 Great Links from BlackJack, Spyder and Sketti

             This is how to say "frog" in various languages.
 
             This is what frogs say in various languages.
 

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Furship Members can vote for their favorite frog, as

a Furship Mascot!

 If you have any questions, Just write Mysty.

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Above is a camp souvenir by Servo.  Visit the opening cabin and get mewr souvenirs too!

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