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The gray treefrog is common in Minnesota and throughout the eastern United States. It is often seen near swamps (wetlands that have flooded trees and shrubs). It closely resembles the Cope's gray treefrog (H. chrysoscelis) and can only be distinguished in the field by their call. The gray treefrog has twice as many chromosomes as the Cope's gray treefrog. Identification General description: This small frog has toe pads which enable it to climb shrubs and trees. Length: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2-5.1 cm) Color: Gray to creamy white. This frog can change colors, so it can be anything from a mottled grayish green or solid green to a gray or creamy white color. The inner thighs on the hind legs of all gray tree frogs are yellow. Sounds: A musical, birdlike trill. The call is similar to the Cope's gray
Habitat and range Breeding habitat: Shallow wetlands within or near forested habitat. Summer habitat: Closely associated with woodland and forest habitats. Often found in residential areas where it may be seen on windows feeding on insects attracted to lights. Winter habitat: Terrestrial.Body can withstand partial freezing.
This treefrog was found in my neighbor's large Dahlia flower (this flower was almost 10" across). No doubt a cool place to rest and a good place to find some bugs. Not commonly seen in the suburbs of Minneapolis so it was a fun find!