Green Treefrog - Hyla cinerea

Green 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.


Similar Species: 

Species Range:  Nearly the entire Coastal Plain from the Delmarva Peninsula south to the Florida Keys, west to central Texas and north to southern Illinois.

Louisiana Range:  Statewide.


Natural History: 


Best Time and Place to Observe: While you can find this species easily most of the year in many different environs, it is truly a sight to see a large chorus of them calling not long after sunset. This species tends not to be shy and will still call despite small disturbances by your presence and camera or camcorder given a little time. Also, in these choruses you will routinely see pairs already in amplexus, and if you are lucky, you may observe male to male aggression and possibly even egg laying.

Global Conservation Status:  Green Treefrogs have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, 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:  Green Treefrogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  The Green Treefrog is the state amphibian of Louisiana. I have found this species pretty much everywhere I have herped in the state. Green Treefrogs are also at home in suburban and urban areas.

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