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Green Tree Frog Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Hyla cinerea
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Southeastern United States
  • Status

    Common throughout their range. However, just like all amphibious species, they rely on wetland habitats which face threats from human activities.
  • Habitat

    Green tree frogs inhabit small ponds, large lakes, marshes, and streams. They prefer forested wetlands with floating vegetation, grasses, and cattails.
  • Niche

    They predominantly eat flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects.
  • Life History

    They are a solitary species, but can be found in large groups during breeding season between March and September. The female will lay about 400 eggs in a clutch. Within five days they will hatch and begin their development from tadpoles to frogs. Young receive no parental care. They have a variety of calls besides their mating call, such as alarm and rain calls. These vocalizations are an important part of their social behavior.
  • Special Adaptations

    Long legs and toe pads are adapted for an arboreal lifestyle. Green tree frogs also have well developed hearing and can even sense vibrations through the ground. Scientists theorize that an organ on top of their head may be used for compass orientation and thermoregulation. Adults camouflage themselves on grasses and other vegetation by tucking in their legs and closing their eyes to blend in with the green color of the leaves.


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