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Gray Treefrog

Hyla chrysoscelis

Description:

Hyla chrysoscelis and Hyla veriscolor are morphologically indistinguishable. In areas where their ranges overlap, only the call or DNA analysis can be used to confirm IDs. Called "gray" treefrogs, these guys can actually have green phases, and variations in how dark or light the color is. Patterns vary, but are typically "lichen-ish" to help them blend in with the lichen-covered trees that they so like to hang out on. Their thighs are characteristically bright yellow/orange. Check out the link provided for an opportunity to hear the call. I've also provided the Amphibiaweb info link for H. veriscolor in the Notes section.

Habitat:

Gray treefrogs are typically found in humid areas, including forests, although they can be found in backyards and around houses as well. They are arboreal ("tree-frogs") and use their toe-pads to climb and cling to surfaces, so when looking, look up and around tree trunks, vines, and leaves. We saw many of these guys, usually squished into bark crevices. This one apparently liked this little hidey-hole (where a woodpecker had been foraging) on the side of a Willow Oak in the bottomland hardwood forest on Dewey Wills WMA.

Notes:

This frog was observed while collecting data for my masters project. Link to read more about H. veriscolor: http://www.amphibiaweb.org/cgi/amphib_qu...

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Alexandria, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on Aug 25, 2013

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