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Pacific chorus frogs emerge from tadpole stage across East County to croak out a song.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL ZYVATKAUSKAS - Greshams native chorus frogs are emerging from their tadpole stage to make a raucous.Across the community a croaking song is ringing out as Gresham's native frog species emerges from its tadpole stage out into the world.

The Pacific chorus frogs can be found all across the community, spending time in small back yard ponds and other wetlands in East Multnomah County.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL ZYVATKAUSKAS - The Pacific chorus frogs grow to be about 2 inches long. Native to the Pacific Northwest, the chorus frog grows to be 2 inches long and comes in a variety of colors — green, tan, reddish, gray, brown, cream and black — changing with the season to match the environment. They are recognizable for a dark eye stripe that runs from the nose, across the eye, to the back of the shoulder.

The small amphibians are the most common frogs on the west coast, and are considered a keystone species that many others rely on for survival.

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