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Green Treefrog

Hyla cinerea


H. cinerea is one of the best-known treefrogs in the southeast. They're bright green, usually have a white stripe down their sides, and often have gold flecking across their backs. I think of them as a medium-sized tree frog, but in our area I suppose they can be a pretty big tree-frog.


They typically like freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation. Here at Aransas, this means our sloughs and gator holes. Look for them hanging onto leaves in brush that borders the slough. Occasionally I'll find one hiding under the hood of a truck


This one is in what's called "water conserving posture" where the legs are all tucked up. It was kind of chilly this morning and this frog is out on a bare branch without anything to block the wind. So this posture helps reduce moisture loss.

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Spotted on Mar 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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