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Tree-Frog Field Notes

March 03 2022 – Jackie Harder

Date: March 3, 2022

Location Found: The Crystal Stream and Falls 

 

From what I can observe, these creatures are made entirely from wood and bark. I haven't quite figured out their origins, but I have observed that they become active in early Spring, and are extremely hard to spot as they obviously camouflage with their surroundings.  

The first one that I've found had some turkey tail mushrooms growing from it which can often be found during this time of year as well. 

From what I can observe, these creatures are made entirely from wood and bark. I haven't quite figured out their origins, but I have observed that they become active in early Spring, and are extremely hard to spot as they obviously camouflage with their surroundings. 

The first one that I've found had some turkey tail mushrooms growing from it which can often be found during this time of year as well. 

Although they are good climbers, they spend most of their time on the ground, hiding in the leaf litter. My working theory is that the Tree-Frog magically evolved from the Spring Peeper, another species of frog we have here in Appalachia. They make the distinct "peeping" sound and have very similar habitats and behaviors.