tree frog


Definition of tree frog 

: any of numerous small anuran amphibians (especially family Hylidae) that often live in trees and typically have adhesive disks on the toes

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For instance, birds and tree frogs must adjust their twitters and chirps just to be heard above the din of rush hour traffic. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Spring peepers, wood frogs, gray tree frogs, and other amphibians head to these vernal pools and call out for mates. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Immersed In Life For Vernal Pool Training," 17 Apr. 2018 In the 1970s, researchers were perplexed by the rapid, unexplained deaths of tree frogs and other amphibians in the cloud forests of Central America. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Solved: the mysterious origin of the world’s most devastating wildlife disease," 10 May 2018 The group learned about tree frogs, mole salamanders, African bullfrogs, and more during the session. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Children's Museum Campers Get Close With Nature," 23 Apr. 2018 For many consumers, reptiles and amphibians are just the thing: geckos, monitors, pythons, tree frogs, boas, turtles and many more species are available in seemingly endless varieties, many brilliantly colored, some exceedingly rare. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "That Python in the Pet Store? It May Have Been Snatched From the Wild," 9 Apr. 2018 Other invasive species in Florida like geckos, Burmese pythons, brown anoles, and Cuban tree frogs similarly struggle during cold snaps. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Florida Is 'Raining Iguanas.' Will The Invasive Reptiles Adapt?," 5 Jan. 2018 Upon returning to its kill, a hungry puma triggered a recording of either a human pundit or the familiar, neutral calls of tree frogs, which don’t interact with pumas. Liza Gross, Smithsonian, "How Fear of Humans Can Ripple Through Food Webs and Reshape Landscapes," 11 July 2017 South America is home to all manner of crazy-looking amphibians, from vibrant poison dart frogs to cartoon-looking red-eyed tree frogs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find the First Naturally Fluorescent Frog Species," 15 Mar. 2017

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1738, in the meaning defined above

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