The Very Loud Canyon Tree Frog


Yes, this frog, only 2 inches long, can really make some noise! And it’s not a single rivet. It’s a series of rivets that have a staccato-like delivery that resembles a machine gun sound or the sound of a woodpecker pecking.  The male frog produces this sound to attract females during the spring breeding season. Frogs usually make the calls near bodies of water that are suitable for breeding and egg laying.   The eggs hatch in about 2 weeks and metamorphose from tadpoles in 45-75 days.  The video below, shot at Zion National Park, Utah, captures the sound as I was within a few feet of one loud one.

 

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The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

A male in pursuit.

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Canyon Tree Frog at the Many Pools Trail at Zion National Park, Utah

 

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The beginning……

 

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5 comments

  1. I like that! But then I love the sound of tree frogs here in Georgia.

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  2. LOL! Once, we got a tree frog inside our house – thought my eardrums were going to pop! The worst part was that it situated itself about 8 feet up the wall – in the middle of the stairs, so it was nearly impossible to evict.

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  3. Awesome sound – so glad you could capture it. Sounds a bit like the baa of a sheep!

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  4. Incredible tree frog captures, Michael! 🙂

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