Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cope's Gray Treefrog

Look what we found in our family room Saturday morning! Do you suppose the cat brought him in? He didn't appear wounded, but he was still for a long time letting Will (my husband)  hold him.  I can't believe how much he looks like the tree bark he spends his time on.

Fortunately Will knew this was a treefrog already because I assumed it was a toad.  Plants are kinda more my thing, but I do love learning about the garden critters.

 After some sleuthing around online, we determined he is probably Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis).  The description of white spots under the eyes and the yellow undersides of the hind legs (which I didn't photograph) sound right.  Cope's Gray Treefrog and the Common Gray Treefrog look identical and can only be distinguished by chromosomal analysis.  I don't happen to have a lab handy, but fortunately Cope's is far more widespread in NC than the Common Gray Treefrog which is only found in a couple of northern NC counties.  Strange, huh?  You would think Common would be more common!

 Gray Treefrog tested out the mulch for a while,  regarded us cooly, then hopped off toward the trees as we hopped off to the Wing Haven Garden Tour.

You can hear the call of Cope's Gray Treefrog here.


  1. Very cool! We hear so many frogs and toads in the streambed near our lot, couldn't tell you what many of them look like. Yours really does look like the bark of the tree, lichen and all.

  2. Fascinating. I don't think I've seen one before but I certainly know that sound.

  3. I've never seen a gray treefrog before! Ours are all green. Poor Will. Someone forgot to tell him about the warts thing.

  4. He is so cute. We only have the green tree frogs here. He kind of looks like concrete. I'm glad you came across this cute little fellow, and you were able to find out about him on the pc.

  5. thanks to all of you for commenting oh so long ago! i wanted to add that these tree frogs are capable of changing color! they are green when among the leaves, but as janet mentioned, they look just like lichen covered bark sometimes, too. cool little creatures!