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Frogs

Common Name:  Gray Tree Frog

GrayTreeFrog copyLatin Name:  Hyla veriscolor

Size/weight:  Small (1.5 to 2 inches)

Range:  Most of the eastern half of the U.S., and north into Canada.

Habitat:  Woods near swamps, ponds and rivers.

Diet:  They are nocturnal hunters of flies, moths, caterpillars, beetles, ants, spiders, crickets and other invertebrates.

Predators:  Birds, snakes, other larger frogs. (Fish eat the tadpoles.)

Description:  Usually blotchy gray but also shades of brown and green. They can change their color to match their surroundings. Few frogs can do this.  Whatever color a gray tree frog is at the moment, its inner thighs will always be yellowish-orange.  Backs are warty in appearance, although of course those aren't warts.

Conservation Note:  Not considered to be threatened or endangered. However, habitat destruction and human pollutants are contributing to the overall decline of amphibians.

See them in “Frogs!” on the second floor above the Sharks & Rays Gallery »

Download a fun frogs activity sheet:

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