Cope's Gray Treefrog - Hyla chrysoscelis

Cope's Gray Treefrog

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  The Gray Treefrog composite range is from southern Manitoba, Canada east through extreme southern Canada to southern Maine, south to north Florida, west to central Texas, and north through the eastern regions of the Plains states.

Louisiana Range:  Statewide.


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Global Conservation Status:  Cope’s Gray Treefrogs have a wide distribution in eastern North America, a presumed large population, and tolerate a degree of habitat modification, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Cope’s Gray Treefrogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.             

Author's Remarks:  I have detected this species in nearly all forest habitats I have ever herped in the state. I usually hear its call from up in the trees, even during the daytime, but have captured many at night calling down low by their breeding pools.

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