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green treefrog

Hyla cinerea


One cold morning we found this treefrog on an uncarved pumpkin on the front porch. The squash held the heat from the previous day pretty well and must've been an appealing sleep spot.


Green treefrogs occur in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from pine savannas to urban backyards. They are found primarily in the Coastal Plain, although they may be introduced into other parts of the state by hitchhiking on garden materials. Treefrogs are nocturnal and spend the daylight hours hiding under leaves, bark or logs-- or on pumpkins.


We have also seen these frogs around our porch light eating the moths and insects that gather.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Rachel8 13 years ago
Squirrel treefrog
Hyla squirella Squirrel Treefrog

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MitchRay 13 years ago

No problem, it's a tough call to make sometimes. Another way you can tell is if it has little gold flecks on the back. That makes for a Green Tree Frog every time.

Rachel8 13 years ago

Huh! You may be onto something there Mitch. I just read more on Squirrel treefrogs and as you say their stripes tend to be more subtle with an "indistinct lower border". Good call-- thanks!

MitchRay 13 years ago

That is a Green Treefrog, Hyla cinerea, not a Squirrel Treefrog. The white stripe is too well-defined

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 13 years ago

cool frog and love the story

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Nov 6, 2008
Submitted on Apr 22, 2011

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