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This is a discussion on visiting toad within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Btw, Janet, just in case you're interested -- your visitor looks like it is probably ...

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    Btw, Janet, just in case you're interested -- your visitor looks like it is probably Hyla versicolor (a species of tree frog).

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    So it's a frog and not a toad. I thought all the warty ones were toads. And we certainly do have tree toads around here. Thanks for the ID!! Where in MI are you? I spent several years in Kalamazoo and was a member of their orchid society. I remember there was a guy who bred phal equestris.

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    I have toads, here as well. I don't have a fear of them and in fact they eat the left over cat food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet View Post
    So it's a frog and not a toad. I thought all the warty ones were toads.
    Biology lesson of the day:
    There actually is no such thing as a toad from a biology standpoint. All toads are frogs. "Toad" is just a colloquialism for those frogs which have dry, warty skin. As such, though the Hyla's skin is bumpy, it lacks the large warts (which in "toads" generally contains a poisonous secretion that makes them unpalatable to many would be predators) nor is its skin dry. Instead, the "rough" looking texture of its skin adds to its camoflage -- helping the frog to blend in with tree bark that is rough and/or covered with lichens.


    Quote Originally Posted by Janet View Post
    Where in MI are you? I spent several years in Kalamazoo and was a member of their orchid society. I remember there was a guy who bred phal equestris.
    Currently in Novi though prior to that I lived in Battle Creek and was a member of the Kalamazoo society. I do miss being able to attend their meetings. Got rather spoiled with that being the first society I ever experienced. A very friendly group of people. Neither of the two groups now in driving distance for me are that way. I honestly don't care about attending meetings at either one of them.

    Unfortunately, the gent you're referring to past away several years ago. He was a nice bloke.

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