Description: Barking Treefrogs are the largest treefrogs
in our region, averaging over 2 in (4.4 cm) in length. They
are heavier-bodied and have more granular skin than green
or squirrel Treefrogs, with which they can be confused. They are
often bright green in coloration and usually have dark,
round spots on their back and a white line on lip that continues
down each side.
Range and Habitat: Barking Treefrogs are found throughout
the Coastal Plain of the Southeast, including all of southern
and eastern South Carolina and Georgia. They are found in a variety
of wooded habitats but require fishless wetlands to breed. The
largest breeding populations occur around shallow, heavily-vegetated
wetlands such as Carolina Bays.
Habits: Barking Treefrogs spend much of the year high
in trees and are most often seen during the breeding season, when
they congregate at wetlands. Breeding lasts from March to August,
but calling is most intense in the early summer. Unlike most treefrogs
in our region, males generally call from the water, often resembling
tennis balls as the float, inflated, on the surface of wetlands.
Call: Call is an explosive "Donk" or "Tonk"
repeated every 1-2 seconds. From a distance a chorus of these
frogs resembles the sound of barking dogs.
Conservation Status: Barking Treefrogs are generally less
common than other species, such as squirrel and green treefrogs,
but they are not protected in our region.
Account Author: Jennifer O'Connor, University of Georgia
- edited by J.D. Willson