A funny thing happened yesterday when I went to hang up my laundry. I opened the lid of the washing machine, started pulling out clothes & laying them over my arm. I turned to walk to the clothesline and saw something out of the corner of my eye. Down in the washer on my clothes was a large leaf, I thought. I reached in to scoop it out and surprise! A frog! A tiny tree frog with eyes looking at me! I couldn’t believe it. How did he get in there?
I ran and got my camera. He sat tight as I clicked his picture. Then I got him out and rested him on a towel. The little frog posed for me. He was almost a yellow color and very small. I’d never seen a yellow frog before. I was able to get a couple pictures before he decided that he’d had enough. Up he went. He jumped up high and stretched out his body thin & long.. then he disappeared. I couldn’t find him. Wherever he had landed, he was well camouflaged.
Great, another critter to avoid stepping on near the washer. And it was a reminder to keep an eye out for the baby rattlers who are attracted to the water, as well.
So many critters are attracted to the leaky hose there. The frog probably just wanted to get wet. The other day, it was a group of tiny yellow finches taking showers, flitting back & forth from the oak tree branches to the spray of the leaky hose.
The question was: how did he get in there? Could he have survived a wash cycle.. cool & delicate? No way! Maybe he jumped in when I opened the washer lid, but he must have been fast. It wasn’t open that long.
Well, I am glad he is safe and I got to see him. I hope I see more of the yellow tree frogs. I am guessing he is a Pacific Chorus (Tree) Frog based on the eyestripe that goes past the ear and the toepads. Both of these are distinguishing markings of the Pacific Chorus Frog, not found in other frogs in the region ( from British Columbia down to Baja) .
It is rare to see frogs in my garden, as my garden is on a hill and the Topanga frogs prefer to hang out down at the creek. I hope I will have a positive ID soon.
If you know what this little guy is called, please let me know!
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