Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What's In Your Dishwasher?

I was loading up the dishwasher this past Friday morning and when I closed the cover to the soap compartment I found this had been hiding under it:

A Northern Gray Tree Frog.

I have no idea how it found it's way into the house. Or once in, why it chose the dishwasher as it's hiding place. How long had it been there? How long had it been in the house? (See below for a possible explanation.)

I caught it and released it out on our deck. Note the color difference. It seems they can change their color based on the background. Which explains the scientific name, Hyla versicolor.

Although why it choose this color is not obvious.


This is a decorative pitcher.

And it is very likely the vehicle by which the frog entered the house. We keep it outside on our deck with cut flowers from our garden. Thursday evening Patty brought it in the house, rinsed it out, and put it upside down in the dishwasher to dry. I surmise that the frog was clinging to the inside all the while. As we have three cats it was smart to hideout in the dishwasher overnight.


Saturday morning I took a cup of coffee outside to enjoy it while sitting on our deck. We keep our deck chairs covered, so as to protect them form the dew and provide for dry seating first thing in the morning. Apparently the tree frogs appreciate this as well.

Had I not been paying attention I would have sat on it.

I wonder where I'll find one tomorrow.

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