frogs

 of Tennessee

 

Cope's Gray Treefrog

Hyla chrysoscelis
 
Photo by Lisa Powers

Description: Cope's gray treefrogs (Hyla chrysoscelis) are 1.25 - 2 inches long. Their coloration is highly variable but usually gray or green with irregular markings on the back. They are characterized by a white spot under the eye, warty skin, and yellow-orange on the concealed surfaces of the thigh. 

This species is indistinguishable from the gray treefrog except by call or chromosome analysis. The gray treefrog has 48 chromosomes, while Cope's gray treefrog has 24

Habitat: They are found in varied habitats with small trees or shrubs.

Life History: Females lay clusters of 10 - 30 eggs that are attached to vegetation near the surface of the water. Eggs hatch in 3 - 6 days. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 1 - 2 months. Sexual maturity is reached in 2 years.

Range: They are found statewide.

Additional Notes:

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Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:

 

Distribution of the Cope's Gray Treefrog in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

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