I am such a liar, OK, I am posting a pic of a frog. This little guy was found in early April in my back yard. This is a gray treefrog. Here in Missouri they have just started calling, but they are still way up in the trees and the males are just warming up their vocal chords. They have a warbley trill call. We have two species here in Missouri, Hyla versicolor and Hyla chyrsoscelis. They cannot be told apart by appearance or morphology. Instead you can tell them apart by their calls. Why is that and what do they sound like? Well that will be for a later time. Full gray trefrog chorusing at breeding ponds will not start up for them until May or so, with summer being their peak calling period. By then we should also be hearing my other favorite call (what does that make it now 3 favorite calls??), that of the Cricket frog (Acris crepitans). Cricket frog calls sound like the banging together of two marbles or stones together. It is one of my favorites, because it was the first call that I was able to learn and easily recognize which species it belonged to.
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