Love is in the air (or ditches): Rain puts green frogs in the mood

By on October 3, 2018

Know what gets green tree frogs in the mood for love? Rain.

Not long after Hurricane Florence, tiny frogs seemed to invade the Outer Banks, popping up on porches, in yards, on cars, in mailboxes, on screen doors – you name it.

The little guys, described in local social media groups as “adorable but slightly concerning,” have their fans and foes.

“They poop everywhere!” said one. “I love them!” said another.

While the green chirpers showed up not long after Florence, the baby boom is more likely the result of late July’s double-digit inches of rain.

Tree frogs breed in ditches, puddles or any bit of water they can find, said biologist Jeff Hall, an expert on amphibians with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. When there’s a significant rain event, it’s not at all unusual to see tiny frogs, lots of them, a month or two later.

Hall said if you see a large congregation, they’re probably attracted to a light source, because that’s where the bugs are.

“A lot of times you’ll find them around outdoor light,” he said. “It’s like the Golden Corral for them.”

So love them or hate them, the recent tree frog invasion could be helpful with eastern North Carolina’s other fall explosion: mosquitoes.

How long will our green visitors hang around? Many toads and frogs will live three to five years, Hall said, but may go into a type of hibernation in winter, laying low under logs and in other hiding places that won’t freeze.

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There everywhere they showed up after the 15 inches of rain. They’re all over my windows and hot tub. I had one jump on my face laying in bed. And I had another in the kitchen on the cutting board. There everywhere!!!