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Thread: Is anyone here familiar with Tree Frogs?

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    Is anyone here familiar with Tree Frogs?

    All last Winter every few days we would hear this "sound" in our living room. We wondered what it was. I could eventually tell it was coming from one of the big plants we keep outdoors all Summer and bring in the rest of the year. One is a Gardenia plant and the other is a Christmas Cactus plant. They are HUGE plants. Well in the early Spring my husband saw this "thing" on the edge of the pot. He picked it up and after some research online we discovered it was a Tree Frog! We love all kinds of critters so it didn't freak us out. He took a few pictures then he put it outside in the yard to live "happily ever after".

    Fast forward to this Fall.....

    Well two days ago he brought those same two big potted plants back in and yesterday as he was going out on our deck he noticed a tree frog inside the screen door that we use every day. We all laughed and side it must have been the one from last Summer and came in the plant a second time!

    Well this morning while on the computer my husband noticed something moving on the floor....you guessed it...it was another one!! He took its picture then sent it on its merry way outside!

    We are thinking that first one from last year must have told its buddies where they could find a nice warm plant and house to nestle down in for the Winter!
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    How interesting........thought tree frogs were tropical, guess not. I put house plants on deck for summer and Mother Nature to tend to, then bring back in for winter too, but all I get are spiderwebs!. If anything! Cute story...envy your huge plants!

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    I remember catching and playing with them as a child. Ive not seen one in years....since they eat bugs like flies, spiders, ants or even cockroaches I say keep them around :-)
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    I love your story. We have tree frogs around our house. Every time it rains you hear them singing, and they get pretty loud. We have a family of squirrels that we feed sunflower seeds all year round. We keep the bag in the garage. You guessed it, we didn't put the seeds out early enough, so they were in the bag getting their own supply.
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    We have them inside all the time. They must taste bad, our cat won't touch them. I always catch and release them outside. If we don't find them soon enough they become dried frog scicles. They seem to drywith one back leg stretched out. Indoors is too dry for out Florida frogs.

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    How cute!!! Having grown up in Louisiana, I'm quite familiar with those darling creatures!
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    I don't know if it was a tree frog but 20 years ago in Houston my husband found a dried up frog in the house. He tossed it outside and it happened to rain. Well, that dried up frog came back to life and hopped off!! tiny thing.

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    We have them here too. Never had one come into the house. I no longer bring flowers in to winter over until spring. You can bring in slugs that live in the drainage holes.
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    we have tree frogs in Iowa

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    We have them in central Illinois. When I was a kid, they would climb on our windows. It was always neat to watch them blow their bubble when the croaked.

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    What amazed was how such a big sound could come from a little critter.........it lived in one of my containers of flowers by my pool........

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    We have them here, they are so cute. It may have been raising a family in your plant so don't be surprised if you find more. Better the frog than the rat snake I found coiled in a hanging basket I was getting to bring in last year. Thank goodness he got out when I took it dawn and slithered away.

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    We have them here in Central NJ as well. Usually in the spring. Like you, I think an entire family moved in this past year. We've had a couple for the last 3-4 years but this year - yikes! Ours live among the akibia vine that is everywhere around our pool/deck and mostly hang out on the lip of our above ground pool. For winter, we just let our pool go - not winterizing and just drain; clean and refill in the early summer. Well, this year after seeing about a half dozen or so tree frogs, I happened to glance in the dirty pool one day. There were a bazillion tadpoles in the pool! After some online research I discovered that each tree frog can have up to several thousand - yes, thousand - tadpoles! Well, I think every one of those half dozen or so adults had all several thousand of those little buggers! DH put several leaf skimmers worth of tadpoles into the creek at the back of the property before 'doing' the pool this year. I don't even want to think about what will happen next spring!

    And yes, according to my vet-tech sister, they do taste nasty! One of my concerns if all those tadpoles grew up was that I was going to be wading calf deep in tree frogs in the back yard because the dogs won't bother them. She said snakes & large birds are their predators. Well, with 2 dogs in/out of the back yard, no snakes/birds to snack on the frogs. But they are the cutest little things with such giant voices. Love 'em.

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    We have them here in the NW also. We have a small pond in our back yard and I keep it running all year to give outside animals a watering hole and each year I look forward to my new batches of tadpoles growing.

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    Funny you should mention it. My large Rubber plant was on the deck in front of the window. One night the little green tree frog was on the window and I was watching him catch bugs (and cheering every time he ate a mosquito). We saw him several other nights after that, then nothing.

    Fast forward to last week when all the house plants made the big move back into the house. We set the rubber tree in the corner of the dining room about 3' from the corner of the dining table.

    You guessed it ... during dinner the tree frog decided he wanted to explore and jumped onto the dining table.

    Cute little guy
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    I LOVE to ride down dark country roads in the late evening or night and listen to them singing in the trees, lovely sound that I've always enjoyed.

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    I'm kind of jealous! I'd love to have tree frogs! My kids would be delighted with them.
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    I *used* to get to listen to frogs singing at night, but it's gone so dry around here I am not hearing them anymore.

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    For those of you bringing plants from outside to inside--I spoke to the local garden center and they said to spray the plants with a solution of ------ 2 squirts of dish soap, 2 capfulls of rubbing alcohol, mixed with a quart of water. Spray thoroughly---dirt and under leaves also. Then leave in garage for 2 days before bringing into house. It sure has cut down on my spider population.
    As far as those tiny tree frogs...we have a creek (drainage ditch) behind the house and it is wonderful to listen to the little guys in the evening. Their sound is always an indication of when spring arrives.

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    We have them here in Portland, OR--but I guess that doesn't surprise anyone.

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    A tidal creek runs through our yard and we have plenty of wildlife, including tree frogs. They are generally seen on the outside of our window screens in the evening. I suspect they are in pursuit of insects attracted by the light, but I have little evidence for this since we rarely see them move.

    Last winter we had something living one of the plants we brought indoors after a summer outside. Whatever it was never made an appearance, but made VERY loud sounds on rare occasions. I'd love to know what it was and I hope it does not return this winter.
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    We have a very large ( from the sound of him) frog in the bushes next to my porch. When he sounds off the bushes shake lol. We also.have the little ones on our French doors and windows. As long as they stay outside I'm fine with them.they get really loud though.

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    We live in Maine and we have tree frogs every spring. There must be hundreds in our woods because in the spring for about two weeks they scream every evening. How anything that small can make so much noise is amazing.

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    I have little green frogs - sometimes all over the side of my house including windows. Don't know why they're called tree frogs because I've never seen them in trees. Right now they're turning a dark brownish green and they are quite loud to be so small. I even have them on my car.
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    Love them, they make a loud noise, I got some in plants & trees I got at a nursery and the owner said they get shipped in with southern plants. He takes them home and keeps them in a big fish tank. Said they are something to watch.

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