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Herps As They Happen

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I have seen quite a few herps over these last 9 months, but not many species that are new to this thread.

 

But I did find this old pic from an old work phone, taken back in 2017.

Cope's Gray Treefrog!

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There's three of them hanging out on this satellite reflector mast. They belong to a species with 24 chromosomes (Two sets of 12, called diploid because there's two sets). There's a nearly identical species with 48 chromosomes (4 sets of 12, tetraploid because there's 4 sets), an evolutionary offshoot that happened when some frogs were born with twice as many chromosomes as usual.

Or should I say... SEVERAL evolutionary offshoots? Despite the fact that the related species with extra chromosomes is considered "one" species, genetics studies have indicated that there are actually 3 populations of them, each with an independent origin! In other words, those extra chromosome-having frogs spit off from this species 3 separate times, each one a different instance of chromosome-doubling.

Anyway, I keep trying to find more so I can get a good observation with location data, but I haven't run across any of these guys since this picture was taken.

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Speak of the devilfrog! Look what I found while brushing leaves off a home heat pump unit today:

 

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Literally didn't see it, just felt something in my hand as I brushed the leaves off the top of the unit. Then I looked down and saw its pale little self landing on the soft dirt, looking indignant. Meanwhile I was all like:

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