green treefrog

(Hyla cinerea)


This species is small, slender, usually bright green but variable, with a conspicuous light stripe along each side extending from beneath the eye over the forelimb and back toward the hip. The length is 40-53 mm. Many individuals have tiny gold specks on their backs. This species breeds from April to August. The eggs are black or brownish and white laid in small packets or films at or near the surface. This species breeds in swamps, pond margins and most wet places.


This species occurs in the coastal region, including the Eastern Shore. The green treefrog occurs throughout the coastal plain and prefers the floating and emergent vegetation along the swampy edges of ponds, lakes, marshes, and streams. During the day, these well-camouflaged frogs rest motionless, often on cattail plants: at night, they are sometimes attracted to insects near lights. It is often found in campground bathrooms, on kitchen windows, or on the side of well lit buildings actively foraging for insects.


The green treefrog is attracted to insects near lights. It is very active in the breeding season, and feeds by leaping.