Scientific Name: Hyla squirella
Size: Up to 1.6 inches
This small frog is extremely variable in color and pattern, ranging from nearly unicolor to various mottled shades of green and brown. There is often a dark spot or bar between the eyes. There may be a light stripe along the side of the body. It lacks the gold flecks often seen in Green Treefrogs.
Did You Know?
Another common name is “rain frog” as they will often start to call after a drop in barometric pressure from an approaching rain storm.
Role in the Web of Life
This species breeds from April-August in a variety of habitats including marshes, grassy ponds, ditches, and shallow pools. Although primarily nocturnal, they can be heard calling during the day. The advertisement call is a nasal, raspy waak, waak, waakand sounds much like the alarm call of a gray squirrel. A single female may deposit more than 1,000 eggs.
Species appears to be secure in Virginia.
Last updated: August 19, 2023
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