The green treefrog is a small amphibian that can be found in ponds, lakes, marshes and streams.
Green treefrogs reach 1 ¼ to 2 ½ inches long. Females tend to be larger than males. Their color varies from bright green to greenish gray or yellow green on back, with white or cream-colored stomach. Yellow or white stripes may run down the sides of its body, and gold spots may appear on its back. Sticky toe pads on its long toes are used for gripping.
Often found in ponds, lakes, marshes and streams, the green treefrog prefers to live in areas with a lot of floating vegetation and grasses. They are most active at night and sleep during the day in moist, shady areas, like the undersides of leaves
Green treefrogs are found in the central to southeastern United States, from Maryland and Delaware to the southern tip of Florida and as far west as central Texas
These frogs consume small insects and other invertebrates like crickets, moths and flies, and they can often be found clinging to windows or walls, trying to feed on insects that are attracted to light
Predators include snakes, lizards, birds and large fish, while the treefrog's coloring serves as effective camouflage.
Green treefrogs use a variety of calls to communicate, including mating calls, alarm calls and rain calls. Some have compared the green treefrog’s call to a metallic honk or barking dog. Their call is loudest during damp weather.
Green treefrogs breed from March to October in warmer areas in from April to September in milder climates. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of males gather together at a breeding site and call out to attract the attention of females. Female lays approximately 400 eggs, hidden among aquatic vegetation. Males fertilize the eggs once they are laid/ About five days after fertilization, eggs hatch. Eight to ten weeks after hatching, tadpoles develop front and rear legs. Once legs become fully functional, green treefrogs leave the water and venture onto land. Captive green treefrogs can live up to 6 years.