Description: The green treefrog is a medium-sized
- 1.25 - 2.25 in (3.2-5.7 cm) frog that, like other treefrogs,
has long limbs, long digits, and sticky toe pads. This
frog is green with a white, yellow or sometimes iridescent
stripe along each side of the body. The length of these stripes
varies among some populations and, indeed, may not be present
at all. Additionally, yellow flecks are often found on the dorsum
of some individuals. Males are smaller than females.
Range and Habitat: Green treefrogs are found throughout
the Southeast, but are generally restricted to the Coastal Plain.
In our region, they are a cosmopolitan species that is found in
high numbers, especially during breeding season when males congregate
in swamps and weedy ponds and lake margins. Established populations
are becoming more common in Piedmont where they have apparently
been introduced with garden plants or pine straw.
Habits: Green Treefrogs are generally arboreal and spend
much of their lives in trees. They are also frequently encountered
near porch and patio lights throughout the south during warm,
wet weather; they enjoy the abundant supply of insects attracted
to the light. They are nocturnal animals and males call while
perched on plants adjacent to water (up to 5m high) or from floating
vegetation. The calling season extends from March to October.
This species is more resistant to fish than many amphibian species
in our region.
Call: The call of the Green Treefrog is a loud "reeenk
Conservation Status: They are listed as Least Concern
on the IUCN Red-List given their high densities and apparently
McAlpine, S. 1992. Genetic variation and reproductive success
in the green treefrog, Hyla cinerea. Abstract, 6th Annual
Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology. p. 91.
Layne, J. R., Jr., M. A. Romano, and S. I. Guttman. 1989. Responses
to desiccation of the treefrogs Hyla cinerea and H.
gratiosa and their natural hybrids. American Midland Naturalist
Account Author: Chad A. Jennison, University of Georgia
- edited by J.D. Willson
Newly metamorphosed green treefrogs