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.
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.
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