The Gray Treefrog is native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. They can be found in habitats that provide trees and a water source, such as hardwood forests, near streams and swamps, and even your own backyard! When they are young, they tend to stick close to the forest floor, but older adults may choose to live in the tree canopy, up to 20.5 meters high.
Let’s learn some other fun facts about the gray treefrog.
- Their scientific name (Hyla Versicolor) refers to the frogs’ ability to change color! They can switch from green to gray or brown depending upon their activity, the time of day, and the temperature of the environment.
- The upper part of the body is coarsely textured and resembles lichen. This helps to camouflage the frog.
- Gray Tree Frogs have webbed feet and hands. The tips of each toe and finger are enlarged and produce a fluid that acts as an adhesive and helps them to better grip the trees they climb.
- Males grow up to 2 inches long, and females are slightly larger at a maximum of 2.25 inches.
- Gray Tree Frogs are nocturnal.
- They eat insects, slugs, snails, and even their own larvae.
- They live between 7 and 9 years.
- These amphibians hibernate during the winter months.
- When they emerge in springtime, the males’ musical call is used in the hours after dusk to attract a mate.
- With the proper care and the right type of terrarium, Gray Treefrogs can make excellent pets!