Green Treefrog
Hyla cinerea

Green Treefrog Green Treefrog

Description: As their name suggests, tree frogs are well adapted to life in an arboreal environment. Their toes have adhesive disks that allow them to climb easily on bark or twigs. The green treefrog is usually bright green, but its color may vary to yellow, dull green, or slate grey when it is hidden or inactive. A yellow or white stripe that varies in length, may extend farther along the body on one side than on the other, or may be lacking entirely. Many individual green treefrogs have golden colored spots on their backs. Because they often appear or are heard during rain storms, folklore and legends regard these frogs to be "weather prophets".

Habitat: Their habitats include wet prairies, cypress swamps, and hydric hammocks as well as borders of lakes and streams, areas with floating vegetation or moist conditions, and occasionally in brackish waters. Green treefrogs are also often found on window sills of houses or buildings at night, where they seek insects attracted by lights.

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Development of these pages was a cooperative effort. Photos were supplied by Barry Mansell Photos and calls were provided by Paul Moler, state herpetologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.