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Green Treefrog in Louisiana

Updated on October 26, 2014
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Since the mid-1980s Yvonne has maintained a registered NWF backyard wildlife habitat where a variety of birds, insects and frogs abound.

Amphibian: Hyla cinerea

Green Treefrogs are colorful little frogs that coexist well with humans. They are amphibians of the woodlands in riparian areas. Currently Amphibians are in a worldwide crisis due to pollution and a mysterious fungal disease.

Green Tree Frog on Zazzle

Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinera) by lalagniappe aka Y.L. Bordelon. This and other Tree Frog Art can be purchased in Naturegirl7's Shop on Zazzle.

This frog is the state amphibian of Louisiana and is another of the beneficial predators that help organic gardeners by eating snails and other arthropods.

I have been fortunate to photograph them in our backyard habitat. We hope you enjoy the pictures and that you learn something new about Hyla cinerea from this page.

Photo by Y.L. Bordelon

GreenTreefrogs are another member of the organic pest control squad.

Identification

As its name says, this frog is bright green, with some gold flecks on its back. Its underside is light and it has a white strip from the eye to its hip. Maximum size is about 2.5 inches. Some natural hybridization takes place between H. cinerea and H. gratiosa.

Listen to the call from The Frogs and Toads of Georgia.

 

Range Map

American Green Tree Frog Range Map
American Green Tree Frog Range Map

Range map is a public domain photo.

Habits and Habitats

It ranges from Texas to the East Coast of the United States. They usually live in forested areas around rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. When it is cool, they hide in and under logs as well as under tree bark. During the rest of the year, they sit in shaded areas around buildings, in natural crevices, on leaves and on other vertical surfaces.

We often find them resting under the eaves of our house. They love the curled leaves of the ginger plants and the green stems of the many tropical hummingbird plants that we have planted in sheltered areas.

We found the one below resting on a tent that we had erected down by the Tchefuncte River. They are very tolerant of humans and cameras so I was able to get very close to it.

 

Green Tree Frog Poster on Zazzle

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Green Treefrog, Hyla cinera by naturegirl7

Frogs and Toads of the Southeast Book

Frogs and Toads of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)
Frogs and Toads of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

I heartily recommend this wonderful reference book. The pictures are good and it is written in an interesting, easy to understand style.

 

Diet and Predators

Their diet includes arthropods, snails, beetles and spiders. Predators include large aquatic birds, ribbon snakes, garter snakes, water snakes, raccoons and fish. During spring rains, many congregate on roads and are killed.

I once encountered a black racer snake that had grabbed one in the rain garden. The poor frog was screaming loudly. As I searched through the plants, I startled the snake and it dropped its prey. The little one escaped this time.

 

Tree Frog Poster on Zazzle

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This photo was taken in my garden. The little one was napping on the stem of a red amaryllis. Green Tree Frog Poster is by me, aka naturegirl7

Frogs and Toads of North America with CD of Calls

The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls
The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls

If you would like to learn to recognize the calls of frogs, then this is the book and CD for you.

 

Reproduction

Males sing their "quonk, quonk, quonk" song on warm nights from perches above water. They breed in various wetland areas from ditches to lake margins. The jelly-like eggs are laid from April to mid August, in irregular masses from 5 to 40 (but may number 340 - 500) that are attached to floating vegetation.

The tadpoles measure at least 49 mm. They have a light stripe from the eyes to the snout and a mottled tail fin. Green Treefrogs stay in the larval stage for 55 to 63 days. In Louisiana, transformation into adults occurs from July 1st through late October.

I enjoy listening to the calls of the many frogs that live in and around the pond. We often find tiny babies that are only as large as a fingernail.

 

Reference: Dundee and Rossman. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana. LSU Press, 1989.

Treefrog Print on Zazzle

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These treefrogs live and breed in our habitat. This one was right outside the kitchen door on a giant turk's cap stem. Print by naturegirl7

Video of the Calls

Frog Cap on Zazzle

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More Photos on Zazzle

Designs that were created using some of the many photos taken in our habitat by me, aka naturegirl7.

If you can't provide a habitat for these and other amphibians, then perhaps you could help spread the work about their plight.

Frog Postage on Zazzle

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Frog and Toad Boxed Set for Children

Frog Poll

What kind of tree frog inhabits the area where you live?

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Spread the Word - Save the Frogs

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Perhaps you'd like to help spread the word about amphibians in danger with Save Green Treefrogs by naturegirl7

Red-Eyed Tree Frog Book

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Rise and Shine)
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Rise and Shine)

Learn about tropical tree frogs.

 

Green Tree Frog Posters & Prints on Zazzle

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Global Amphibian Crisis

© 2009 Yvonne L. B.

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    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      5 years ago

      I wish these froggy pest controllers ate chipmunks! We are overrun with Chip and Dale! I enjoy the treefrogs in our backyard in the summertime. It is so much fun to try to find them lurking on the shrubs and trees.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very good message and education on the preservation of our amphibians! Thank you. (Helpful edit: You have "aRthropod spelled with an "n" in a couple of places.)

      Keep up the GREAT work. Excellent pics! :)

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Just hopped over to Bless this Frog Lens! The Green Treefrogs of Louisana are interesting frogs. They remind me of the Cuban frogs I have seen in the Everglades.

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      poppy mercer 

      7 years ago from London

      Have just found this lovely lens . I love frogs, and this lens is so interesting, and the pictures so gorgeous. Favouriting and lens rolling to my green lens.

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      seegreen 

      9 years ago

      Frogs are so important to us. The more awareness there is about the problems facing amphibians the better. Thanks for a great site.

    • mysticmama lm profile image

      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Okay...I just love frogs!...what a fun and beautiful lens! Great job! 5*

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      Sojourn 

      9 years ago

      Oh my gosh, they're cute - especially that first pic. And the addition of the audio playing their sound was a great touch. Nice job!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Lovely lens and your #100? Congratulations!!

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      rio1 

      9 years ago

      Entertaining lens. Frogs make a lot of noise for being so small. After a heavy rain, I hear what sounds like a chorus singing from the water.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on #100! What a cute frog.

      Thank you for featuring my Frog Unit Study where it has just been added to the plexo of Squidoo Frog Lenses. I am also adding it to Big Annie.

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      Jimmie Lanley 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      They are beautiful creatures! (And even more so since this is #100!)

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