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Baja Tree Frog

Pseudacris hypochondriaca hypochondriaca


This frog changed colors from nearly white to dark green depending on the environment. It has a dark stripe through the eye.


Found in backyard near a pond and lots of plants.

Notes: - "The Baja Caifornia Treefrog, the Northern Pacific Treefrog, and the Sierran Treefrog all used to be considered the same frog: the Pacific Treefrog, but now they are considered to be three species. Together, they occur throughout almost the entire state, and are probably the most commonly seen frogs in the California, and are certainly the most commonly heard. They all look and sound the same, so you need to look at a range map to determine which species you are looking at."

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CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks Leuba. I never cease to be amazed at how subtle the differences in appearance various organisms can have.

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Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

These look so much like the tree frogs here along eastern states of Australia ( being very general, here !) except that his skin is a little warty.. I like his attempts to look "pink" !!

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I agree! I've learned so much from this community. Thank you too :)

auntnance123 10 years ago

Coolfrog. And how cool is it that so much can be learned from these shared spottings? I've been able to identify quite a few things based on others' good observations and research. Thanks, Y'all.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I updated the ID of this frog based on CoralAvery's recent spotting. I looked at the link provided by KarenL and apparently both the Baja and Sierran treefrog identical. The name is based on the range in which we're considered Baja.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

It definitely looks like one! I am surprised it is this far south though. Thank you for the suggestion. I'll update it now :)

ScottRasmussen 10 years ago

That's a really pretty tree frog! Perhaps it's a Sierran Treefrog?

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2011
Submitted on Jul 18, 2011

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