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"Blue & Yellow" Northern Green Frog

Rana clamitans melanota

Description:

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...

Notes:

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!

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6 Comments

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

Thank you Isabel and Christine!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Wow! What a beautiful little guy! He really is all ear :)

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

:-D Thank you Mandy! He's an awesome little guy! I hope to see more of him!

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 9 years ago

That's a beautiful frog. What a neat color morph!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

Thank you Chief RedEarth, and that is a small fly (very small fly) on the frog's nose.

Thank you Louisana Belle! Eyes to me are absolutely interesting, the whirls and colors and intensity, they really say so much more about people and animals alike when you gaze into them. :-D

Louisiana Belle
Louisiana Belle 9 years ago

Gorgeous. Love the focus on the eye.

BrandonBlount
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BrandonBlount

New York, USA

Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on May 24, 2012

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