Gray Treefrog - Hyla versicolor

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:  West-central Louisiana, with disjunct records from Iberville and Lafourche Parish.


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Global Conservation Status:  Gray Treefrogs have a relatively wide distribution in eastern North America (but mostly absent in the southeastern United States), 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:  Gray Treefrogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I had never knowingly observed this species until finding the individual in the photos above calling in east Texas. In Louisiana, I have only heard the call of a Gray Treefrog at two locations, once calling from high in the trees during the day in Clear Creek WMA (formerly Boise-Vernon WMA) in Vernon Parish in 2009, and on a couple visits to Sam Houston Jones State Park in Calcasieu Parish in 2014.

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