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Protection of Thorns - Cuban Tree Frog

Protection of Thorns - Cuban Tree Frog
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Copyright: Elena Evans Chumsky (Scrapperella) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 1 N: 50] (361)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-27
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-01 7:34
Viewed: 1912
Points: 12
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This Cuban Tree Frog decided to place itself right in one little spot on a Rose bush where there wasn't any thorns. It is the first time I have seen a frog on this plant.

Pretty smart of the frog if you ask me, not that the Cuban tree frog has too many predators since they are so good at taking over environments. Though 'Mama Raccoon' has been coming around a lot so I doubt she will be going after this frog.

This is from wiki:

The Cuban tree frog is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. This large frog has been introduced in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, many islands of the Lesser Antilles, and Hawaii. Whether the species was native to the Key West region of Florida is debated,[7] or if it was introduced to the area. First discovered in the 1930s,[9] they may have arrived on ships in the 1800s[8] or could have made it to the area by natural means.[9] They can survive in brackish water, which may have helped the species to spread to various islands.[5] The Cuban tree frogs' progressive colonization into the mainland of Florida is believed to be abetted by use of Florida State Road A1A construction during the 1940s.[10] The species is now established in southern Florida and parts of the panhandle region, and can be found as far north as South Carolina.[1]

The Cuban tree frog is known to hitchhike on shipments of potted plants,[11] vegetation, packaging,[10] boats, and other motorized vehicles.[1] Once in a new location, the frogs become an invasive species. They have several good colonizing traits, such as high fecundity, short generation time, a diverse diet, good competitive ability, and the ability to coexist with humans.[10] In addition, they also secrete a toxic mucus from their skin which helps to limit the number of natural predators.[4]

Cuban tree frogs are known to inhabit a variety of habitats, including estuaries, low-density suburban development, small towns, agricultural areas, particularly ones with exotic plants, and lowland forests and swamps.[12] Within their habitats, they can be found in damp, shady areas, particularly around shrubs and trees,[2] by cisterns, rain barrels,[5] and buildings.

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hallo Elena
This is super good
i like this tree frogwith his beautiful colours
nice composition to
thanks greeting lou

Good shot, Elena, with the Frog sitting pretty in the crook of the Rose bush.
Pretty good focus, especially on the eye.
The diagonal placement of the subject within the frame also looks attractive.

This is an interesting shot; look at those prickly thorns all around and with those great big orange eyes of his LOVE IT! Great POV and the detail is excellent!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-02 1:52]

Very good and really nice picture of this frog Elena. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-02 13:54]

Hello Elena,
This Cuban Tree Frog is a real beauty. I'm sure it's light colors and unique body markings helps to keep it hidden from any would be predators. I like the detail you can see of it's delicate looking skin and facial features.
I believe an f/7 aperture would have given a little more DOF, but still a great capture. Well done!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-03 11:45]

Hi Elena,
Perfect capture of beautiful frog. Amazing natural colors,
nice composition and good detail and focus.
Regards Jiri.

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