One of the cool things about Florida is the amount of wildlife diversity. Take this little guy for example, Hyla cinerea, otherwise known as a green tree frog, we call him Kermit. Actually I’m not sure whether it’s a he or a she, but we always refer to him as a him. They’re everywhere, lift up a grill cover, move a deck chair and chances are you’ll find one. I’ve even found them in the back of my truck and they love to hang out on our sliding glass door. Strangely I don’t ever see them in trees..Go figure.
They’re loud too..At night you can hear the frog symphony out back and they seem to have gotten even louder with the recent rains..I’m sure a result of all the new frogs that are hatching..After a while you get used to their call..I call it nature’s “white noise”.
From March to October they can lay anywhere from 300 to 1000 egg clusters in a single night, so I can’t even begin to imagine how many of these critters are around our property.
They’re also a great form of pest control since they eat things like beetles, crickets, caterpillars, stinkbugs and other small invertebrates among other things.
With all these great qualities, the green tree frog is without a doubt a welcome member to my suburban garden ecosystem.