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Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Tree FrogNH 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: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document


Gray tree frog

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

Gray tree frog

Gray tree frogs can be difficult to find on trees and often hide under loose bark or in cavities. Photo by Mike Marchand


Gray tree frog

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

Gray tree frog

Gray tree frogs have a warty appearance to their skin. Color may vary dramatically from green to brown. Photo by Christopher Manning