Carol Fedat’s excellent close-up in the Aug. 13 paper is that of a grey tree frog and not a toad at all. Cryptic in colouration, this amphibian can change in colour from an array of greys to greens.
This allows them to blend in with their surroundings until the time they sometimes perch on the wrong substrate. These frogs start their loud calls often in the evening in May and June and can be heard throughout the summer months.
They go through an egg-laying and tadpole stage like most frogs. The young of the year are very small and green in colour.
The very small young can sometimes be seen by blueberry pickers as they hide in the shrubs, waiting for unwary small insects, like mosquitoes.
Grey tree frogs have suction cups on their toes, which allows them to walk on vertical surfaces. Some of your readers may have experienced these creatures on their glass windows, sills or doors. Leave them alone and they will move when it gets dark again.
There is only one species of toad in the Sudbury and immediate area, and it is known as the American toad.
Found hopping on the ground hunting for earthworms, this amphibian has a range of browns and blacks in its pigment and is of course known for the wort-like nature of the skin.