Why Tree Frog?
Why would a grower supply company located in Colorado brand itself with a tree frog?
After all, most tree frogs live in trees (not down on the ground where we typically grow our plants) and have toe pads and long legs to aid them in climbing and jumping. But not all of them live in trees. Some can be found in lakes and ponds, while others are content to snuggle into moist ground cover.
Adult tree frogs are insectivores, scarfing up flies, ants, crickets, beetles, moths, and other small invertebrates. As gardeners, we are more discriminating about which insects we try to eradicate, and which ones to cultivate.
Although we have all seen photos of brightly colored tree frogs, most of the U.S. species are green, gray, or brown. But some, like the squirrel tree frog, are chameleon-like in their ability to change color. Tree frogs have various predators, such as mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. Some tree frogs rely on camouflage for protection, while others hide out in trees.
Tree frogs come in a variety of sizes, ranging from as small as under an inch, to as large as 5-1/2 inches long. The largest tree frog in the United States, the Cuban tree frog, grows up to 5 inches. Tree frogs kept in captivity can live as long as 15 years, although the average lifespan of several American species ranges from five to nine years.
Believe it or not, tree frogs can be found on every continent except Antarctica. About 30 species live in the United States, but the vast majority—over 600—live in Central and South America. And, believe it or not, according to desertusa.com, the Canyon tree frog (Hyla arenicolor) which occurs throughout the southwestern United States—from sea level to 9800 feet elevation—does live in parts of Colorado. Although it is generally the color of sand, it will change color to match its surroundings, and can be found on rocks, on the ground and in the water.
Our little tree frog does not have a name (yet). Maybe that is because some of the most unique names have already been chosen, like powdered glass frog, big-eyed tree frog, white-lipped bright-eyed tree frog, gladiator tree frog, waxy monkey, leaf frog, flying frog, banana frog, midwife frog, starry night reed frog, running frog and clicking frog.
So, why would a grower supply company located in Colorado brand itself with a tree frog?
Because nothing is quite as cute as a tree frog.
- Written by Mary Hartford Mary Hartford
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