Adult Male Cope's Gray Treefrog, Virginia

Over the past few nights I've been going out road cruising for Gray Treefrogs in my area, capturing them, and photographing/releasing in the morning. No harm comes to the frogs, and it's a great way to photograph them in daylight instead of at night when they are more easily found. The Gray Treefrog is split into two physically indistinguishable species, the Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor), and the Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis). Differing genetically, the only practical way to tell the difference between the two is by their calls. The Cope's Gray Treefrog has a faster pitched call when compared to a Gray Treefrog. After locating some calling Cope's Gray Treefrogs in a small ditch next to the road, I went down with a flashlight and searched for them. After 15 minutes of searching, I managed to find one calling from deep under grass. The following photograph is from the following day, where I was able to select a picturesque perch to place him on.

Adult Male Cope’s Gray Treefrog, Virginia, United States.