Green Treefrog

Hyla cinerea

About This Animal

SIZE: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)

RANGE: Woodlands, swamps, prairies, marshes and neighborhoods; always found near water

HABITAT: Southeastern United States

DIET: Insects

ON EXHIBIT:  Discovery Hall at River Journey

Green tree frogs can have some gray to yellow coloring but are mostly bright green with a yellowish stripe extending down their side. During the breeding season (March to October), males call to attract females for mating. The call sounds like a nasal "queenk-queenk-queenk."  Hundreds to thousands of males may call at once during these congregations.

There is also a noticeably different rain call, which is vocalized when frogs sense that there will soon be rain. Green treefrogs have well developed hearing and can sense vibrations through the ground. The parietal organ, located on the top of the head between the eyes, has been implicated in compass orientation and thermoregulation.