Gray tree frog

Gray Tree Frog

(Hyla versicolor)

NH Conservation Status: Not listed

State Rank Status: Widespread and secure

Distribution:  Throughout NH except north of the White Mountains

Description: A small 1-2 inch frog usually a brownish gray or greenish color.  The skin is rough with several dark spots.  Usually a light spot with a dark edge below each eye.  The inner thighs are bright yellow or orange

Commonly Confused Species: Spring peeper

Habitat: Forested areas with small trees or shrubs that are close to water.  Found under loose bark on trees, tree cavities, or in rotting logs during summer.  Seldom seen on the ground.

Life History: Attaches up to 2000 eggs to vegetation in shallow water.  Hibernates under tree roots or matted leaves.

Voice: A loud, resonating trill

Conservation Threats:  Species is secure

Distribution map: Click here for a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH

Gray tree frog call - click "play" triangle to listen: 
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Gray tree frogs often have dark blotches across their body and circular suction disks on each toe to aid in climbing vegetation. Photo by Mike Marchand 
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Gray tree frogs can be difficult to find on trees and often hide under loose bark or in cavities. Photo by Mike Marchand
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During May and June the loud, resonating trill of the gray tree frog can be heard near areas of shallow water. Photo by Mike Marchand
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Gray tree frogs have a warty appearance to their skin. Color may vary dramatically from green to brown. Photo by Christopher Manning


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