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The Gray Tree Frog in New Hampshire

Updated on June 15, 2016
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Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in New Hampshire and other locales.

Meet the Gray Tree Frog

I first met a gray tree frog as he crouched on a log in my log rack. This was in New Hampshire. At first I thought it was a toad, but I checked the posted photos of the frogs and toads of New Hampshire.It wasn't a toad, but a frog.

He looked like he was taking a nap.

I wasn't expecting a frog since we aren't real close to any ponds or lakes. This made me curious about the lifestyle of a gray tree frog. His varied gray colors looked like a perfect match for the bark on the big pine trees, oaks and maples around us.

(photos on this page taken by Virginia Allain unless there is another link for it.)

Gray Tree Frog Photo Gallery - All Pictures Taken by Virginia Allain


Frogs and Other New England Critters - DVD available from Amazon

I enjoy observing the wildlife in New Hampshire in the summer. There are quite a variety of amphibians here, so I need to get this DVD so I can figure out who's who.

Rattlers, Peepers & Snappers; A Complete DVD Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles That Breed in New England
Rattlers, Peepers & Snappers; A Complete DVD Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles That Breed in New England

I was surprised by how much was on the DVD. Really enjoyed watching the field trips- what a great collection of footage and close-ups. The quizzes were fun and am still going through all the sections on each of the species... they have helped me identify some of what I have found in my yard and nearby fields.

My four year old kept asking to watch one more field trip! Entertaining and accurate- I will be using this in my science classroom. (review by M. Anderman on Amazon)


Description of a Gray Tree Frog

The New Hampshire Fish and Game website describes the gray tree frog as being one to two inches long.

The one I found was more gray than brown but they can also be brownish gray or greenish in color. Its skin was rough with large dark spots. Usually, there is a light spot with a dark edge is below each eye.

I tried to pick it up, so we could use the log that it perched on, but it leaped away. When it did that, I could see that the inner thighs had a stripe of bright yellow or orange.

Notice how well his colors blend into the gravel and would be great on a tree's bark. This photo shows off the markings on his back and also his interesting feet, suitable for clinging to a tree.

Later I'll add my photo of the gray tree frog (taken with a Canon Powershot SX20-IS). I noticed that it looks more silvery gray when sitting on the rusty brown pine spills and dry leaves of the forest floor.

Photo of a Gray Tree Frog on a Log


Tree Frog Greeting Cards by StoneCircleDesigns

This angle shows the shape of the head of the gray tree frog. Notice the eyes. They have a very low profile which I guess helps them blend into the tree bark. Part of their camouflage.

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      4 years ago

      I Sure Am! I'm A Frogologist!!!

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      5 years ago

      Pretty cool looking frog!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love him! He looks just like a piece of granite! Sprinkled with some Memorial Day angeldust today :)

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      7 years ago

      As I read this I am listening to a Gray Tree Frog out in my backyard. It is sitting on the edge of my pool cover chirping his mating call! They are loud little things! Great lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      I wonder if gray treefrogs can be found in Vermont as well? Their coloring reminds me of New Hampshire Granite.

      This frog lens was just blessed by the SquidAngel Frog.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful find and hard to do with the gray tree frog looking like lichen! You enchanted me here, excellent!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful story! New Hampshire is a real New England treat!


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