The face in the prior post is of a tree frog indigenous to California. It was not in a tree, but by the spa, in a little crevice near the filter.
The treefrog’s patterns also works for this week’s WordPress photo challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands: From lines to patterns
Unused for years, the spa must have provided frogs with a good source of water over the summer — though unlike bullfrogs and other kinds of frogs, tree frogs, as the name implies, spend much of their lives outside of the water.
The dark stripe through the eyes made it fairly easy to identify this frog.
But since it lives here, in Monterey county, the only frog / habitat area match is that of the Sierran Treefrog.
You may have heard that frogs are considered indicator species, or animal sentinels, and a sort of planetary canary.
Frogs have thin skins that are permeable to water, and lay their eggs in bodies of water. Perhaps because of this, they are sensitive to pollutants and other problems with the environment.
It is comforting to know the little frogs survive in our backyard, despite the large presence of big business agriculture in our county (Monterey is the only county in the United States with more than 1 BILLION in annual vegetable sales).
Though these frogs are not endangered, frog populations can decline quite quickly.
For more, please visit California Herps – A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California
And for more on a previous post about Monterey County agriculture, click on the line / pattern photo of the strawberry fields below.
or to find out what grows in the rich soils of Monterey county, click on the lines of begonia photo below…