Froggy Went a Courtin' in Camas, WA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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Froggy went a Courtin’ in Camas WA 

Tree frog Pacific tree frogs are singing again in our Camas neighborhoods. It’s a sweet sound to this nature lover’s ears. The song, or call of the male tree frog, is a loud two-part ribbit designed to attract females. The chirping stimulates other males to join in, and often, the resulting chorus of their efforts can be heard quite far away.

Pacific Tree frogs, also known as Pacific chorus frogs, are native to Washington and have been the official state amphibian since 2007. Depending upon location, they move into breeding areas from about February to July. Apparently, they’re right on schedule.  We have two ponds nearby and that’s where they’re hanging out for the time being.

Outside of the breeding season, these little frogs actually move several hundred yards away from water and populate different habitats such as woodlands, meadows, pastures and gardens.  They’re beneficial to the environment as they eat insects, including mosquitoes.

They’re nearly everywhere in the Pacific Northwest too. According to Washington state biologists, these vocal frogs are found in rainforests near sea level, to the 11,000 foot level on mountains, and into the dry interior regions of our state - providing there is water available.

Pacific Tree Frogs thrive in nature

Please resist any temptations to keep them as pets, they belong in the habitat where Mother Nature intended. Handling frogs can be hazardous to their health, as lotions and/or bug repellents can be absorbed into their permeable skin.

Tree frogs can be brown, tan, grey or green, and actually change to blend in with their surroundings. They make their charming sound by puffing up their throat sacs to nearly three times the size of their heads.  Imagine that - anything for love, right?

Yes, the froggy’s are courtin' again in Camas.

Here’s a short video of singing Pacific Chorus frogs from Michael Benard's (aka Mister Toad) website, Natural History of the Pacific tree frog.


We once found ourselves on an unlikely weekend journey with a stow-away frog. Naturally, we worried about the little guy until we’d safely returned home and placed him back in the garden. You can read more about Froggy went a Ridin' here. 

Speaking of natural habitats, you could say that's my specialty. If you'd like to find the right habitat in Camas for your lifestyle - give me a call.

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Wayne Martin
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Debb, liked your frog video. May it mean spring is about to spring in your area with summer not far behind. Enjoy your day!

Feb 22, 2014 07:50 PM #11
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Debb -- you have packed a lot of information into this great local post.   I love how you tied it altogether as you spoke of your ability to assist others finding their own local habitat in Camas -- very nice, very clever.  

Feb 22, 2014 08:21 PM #12
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Steven Nickens
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Do they keep you up at night.

 

Feb 22, 2014 09:26 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for the froggy story. We do not have tree frogs in our area. I wonder if they could survive in our climate.

Feb 22, 2014 10:28 PM #14
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Sharon - slowly - this cold is a real bear. Not an easy one to shake. 

Alexandra - absolutely. Nature's fine plan.

Team Zuhl, I'm sure it's right around the corner.

 

Feb 22, 2014 10:57 PM #15
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Joanna, hope it happens soon for you.

Thanks much Jeff. 

Hi there Jane, sounds charming. I'm going to look it up. 

Wayne, yep, no doubt.

Thanks Michael - appreciate that you noticed. ;) 

No they don't. We can barely hear them without the windows being wide open. 

Roy, I'm suspecting they can...they have them in many mountain towns - where it gets real extreme temps.  Actually just checked, Maryland has an Upland Chorus frog - very similar. You'd like them hear them around spots with fresh water - ponds, lakes, streams. 

Feb 22, 2014 11:01 PM #16
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Debb... I'm a getting back to natures kind of gal and I really enjoyed your post! It takes me back to exploring ponds with my children when they were little. As always you're an extraordinary writer, educator, REALTOR and friend. I thank God for ActiveRain because of you!

Feb 22, 2014 11:51 PM #17
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Debb, there is nothing like being lullabied to sleep by tree frogs.

Feb 23, 2014 12:19 AM #18
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There is something about the rhythmic sounds of frogs, crickets, or even ocean waves that is so calming Debb, I think it's time for a nap.  :)

Feb 23, 2014 12:53 AM #19
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Sharon Parisi
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Debb, I did not know any of this information.  Thanks for educating me!

Feb 23, 2014 01:47 AM #20
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Debb, The tree frogs in our trees make such a racket. We say the mating season has begun. 

Feb 23, 2014 03:20 AM #21
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Lisa Friedman
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I love the sound of frogs singing! I remember when I used to have a pool, how the frogs used to sit along the edge of the pool and sing a chorus. It was fun to watch them swim across and have frog races.

Feb 23, 2014 03:58 AM #22
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Awww, thanks Patricia. Glad you have great memories. My granddaughter loves frogs and it's fun to go frog hunting with her. 

True story Charles. Very soothing. 

Yawn, Tom. ;)

Feb 23, 2014 04:41 AM #23
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You're welcome Sharon.

Debbie - yes, they are enthusiastic. 

I love it too Lisa. Fun to see them swim I'm sure. 

Feb 23, 2014 04:42 AM #24
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Debb, did you check out my frog-sound "video" from the other day?

 

Feb 23, 2014 06:13 AM #25
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I just did, LOVED it. Thanks Charles. 

Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM #26
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Wonder if the same gree-deep will help in the list, sell of real estate... (practicing calls for buyers and sellers)

Feb 27, 2014 01:36 AM #27
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:) I'm willing to give it a whirl Andy.  Better start practicing now...

Feb 27, 2014 01:53 AM #28
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KERRY GREENWALD
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Thank you for the fun information. I will have to share this blog with some of our clients looking to move out to Camas. Its always nice to find some peace of nature in our busy lives and it sounds like you have the perfect area to do that!
Feb 28, 2014 08:46 AM #29
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I did not know the Pacific Tree Frog was the official amphibian of Washington State.  I didn't even know we had an official amphibian.  LOL

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