Scientific Name: Hyla gratiosa
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need-Tier 2a on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
Size: Up to 2.75 inches
The largest of Virginia’s treefrogs. This medium sized frog can be found in either a green phase or a less often gray phase. The skin is granular, and the back is typically evenly covered with dark, elliptical or round spots encircled with black. In some color phases, spots may be absent. A light stripe extends along the sides, bordered below by a purplish brown stripe.
Did You Know?
Unlike many other species of frog, male Barking Treefrogs call while floating in the water.
Role in the Web of Life
This species breeds from March-August in cypress ponds and swamps, and ephemeral habitats such as, interdunal swales, sinkholes, borrow pits, roadside ditches, and depressional wetlands. Their advertisement call doonk has been described as sounding like a hound dog barking in the distance.
Tier II Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan
Last updated: March 23, 2021