One of the pleasures of having a deck full of flowers in the summer time is the presence of the pacific tree frog. It doesn’t take long once we put our planters out in late May/early June for these regular visitors to show up in our pots. These tiny frogs, only about 5 cm long, hide underneath the leaves in the planters, and usually you don’t notice them until they move or jump out if you’re watering the plants.
The pacific tree frog is found throughout the pacific region on North America’s west coast, so also on Vancouver Island. They are quite common, although we find we don’t see as many on our deck as we used to. They range in color from greyish to brown and several shades of green, including bright green, (we’ve even seen some touches of a lavender type shade), and will change in color, possibly in response to changes in temperature and humidity. Occasionally you’ll see them crawling up the side of the house, as they have sticky pads on their toes for gripping. They have a noticeable astripe from their nostril, across the eye and shoulder.
The pacific tree frog has a very loud and distinct sound, one that is often used in the movies or even in cartoons. When they mate in the spring in shallow wetlands, the chorus of many tree frogs in the early evening is an incredible sound. You can’t miss it! Listen!
They eat insects so there is lots of food available to them, and we enjoy seeing them at Cobble House B&B throughout the summer, and sharing a bit of information about them with our guests.