One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An arboreal frog that has long toes with adhesive disks and is typically small and brightly coloured.
Families Hylidae (of Eurasia, America, and Australia) and Rhacophoridae (of Africa and Asia): numerous species, including the common green tree frog (Hyla arborea) of southern Europe
- ‘By contrast, Phyllomedusa - whose skin is several hundredfold more water resistant than the Indian tree frog's - can rest in the open air on exposed branches during dry weather.’
- ‘So, in the case of the Indian tree frog, mucous secretions are used in two different ways: at higher body temperatures they provide water for evaporation, while at lower temperatures they deliver lipids to the skin for waterproofing.’
- ‘The frog was a whistling tree frog which had stowed away on board a flight from Australia.’
- ‘Rare species include the Pacific pond turtle, the California red-legged frog, the California newt, and the California tree frog.’
- ‘An astonishing variety of other creatures - a lizard, a snail, a tree frog, a moth, a bush cricket, as well as grasshoppers, cicadas, and wasps - are depicted in and around the flora.’
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