Green Treefrog – Hyla cinerea

The green treefrog is a small frog (1.5 inch) that has long limbs and digits with sticky toe pads. They are green and have a white/gold stripe on each side of the body. Their skin can appear lighter or darker green depending on temperature or lighting. The males are smaller than females.

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Don’t mind me, Mr. Treefrog, I’m just passing thru….


Green treefrogs are sometimes called rain frogs as people think they indicate rainy weather calling loudest during damp weather. Far away, the green treefrog’s call sounds like a cowbell. At closer distances, its call sounds more like “quank-quank.”


The green treefrog likes to live in wetland areas like swamps, marshes; wet prairies, along the edges of lakes, ponds and streams. It likes spots with lots of ground cover and aquatic vegetation. It often can be found among floating plants or in the vegetation around the water. During the day, it often sleeps on the undersides of leaves or in other moist, shady places. At night, they can be found clinging to windows looking for insects that are attracted to house lights. (There were so many on our camper, we had to conduct a ‘green treefrog removal’ before pulling out of the campground!)

The green treefrog breeds from March to October in southern areas and from April to September in northern areas. Large groups of males, sometimes numbering in the thousands, will gather in breeding sites and sing to attract females. Females lay up to 400 eggs in shallow water on aquatic plants. The males will then fertilize the eggs by discharging sperm onto them. The tadpoles hatch in about a week and become frogs in two months.


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

19 thoughts on “Green Treefrog – Hyla cinerea

  1. it’s a cute little guy…. and I like his voice :o) I missed the frog concerts this summer, I wonder why they were silent…. ha! wait … that’s no wonder that the frogs disappeared… we live in France LOL


    • Ha ha! I furgot frogs are a delicacy over there. Blech!
      Things have their cycles, sometimes lots, sometimes few. Like I saw more butterflies than I’ve ever seen this summer. Don’t know what was different, however it was cool! !


  2. I love this post and appreciate your going to the extra trouble of providing the audio to go along with the pix. The Green Treefrog’s “quank-quank” is quite a contrast to the Bullfrog’s loud harrumphing. I hear both at the Cincinnati Nature Center which has several ponds, streams and a lake to delight nature lovers (it’s where a took the photo of the woods in my last post titled “NOW”).


    • These little guys aren’t around my area (Il/Wi border). I had to go to southern Illinois to see them. It was such a treat! I usually only hear western chorus frogs up here.
      I went over to your blog and checked our a few posts. .. you’re my kinda reading and have now joined my reading list 😉

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