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pine woods treefrog (Hyla femoralis)

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Characteristics

This is a small, 1-1 1/2 inch frog. They are commonly deep reddish brown in color but may be gray or greenish gray. There are orange or grayish white spots on the thighs, and the under parts are white. The back markings do not form an 'X'. This species breeds from April to September in grassy transient pools, roadsides, cypress ponds, bays, flooded fields, or swamp prairies. It is arboreal, often climbing high into the canopy, and may hibernate under ground. The voice is low pitched dot and dashes. The mating call, emitted by males on trees in the water, is a low-pitched, guttural trill, getta, getta.

Distribution

This treefrog is found in the coastal plain of southeastern Virginia. It breeds in transient pools, ditches, cypress ponds and bays. This species lives in pine flatwoods and savannas, usually near bogs or ponds. It is occasionally found in hardwood forests and swamps.

Foods

This species has been found to eat grasshoppers, crickets, ground beetles, click beetles, dung beetles, caddisflies, ants, vespid wasps, and jumping spiders.

More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service (direct link to species booklet).