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Rana clamitans melanota
This is a Northern Green Frog. No you aren't seeing things. The color morph is a strange and very odd one. The frog is actually blue and yellow. Certain members of the Northern Green Frog species develop without one or more of the essential color genes, or even genetically mutated color genes. The lack of yellow or mutated yellow genes will cause the green frog to not turn out to be green as you see here. We all know that Yellow and Blue make Green. What happens with the lack or mutation of the yellow pigment gene is that the process of color pigmentation in the frogs skin is malformed or incomplete, causing the blue to become dominant. The frog you see here isn't completely lacking the yellow pigment gene, it appears that it is a pigmentation mutation within the yellow gene itself, making this frog a very unique specimen among his mutated fellows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_gr...
Imagine my shock, excitement and surprise when this frog jumped out from where it was hiding under a rock ledge, as I was pulling weeds from between the rocks around the koi ponds!
Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on May 24, 2012
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