of Tennessee


Barking Treefrog

Hyla gratiosa
Photo by John White

Description: Barking treefrogs (Hyla gratiosa) are typically 2 - 2.5 inches long. They are green to brown in color with an indistinct white or yellow stripe from the mouth to the thigh.

Habitat: These frogs are found in wet woodlands, shallow ponds, and cypress swamps.

Life History: Females deposit single eggs on the bottom of ponds or pools. A single female may produce as many as 2000 eggs. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 1 - 2 months.

Range: Found in western Tennessee with rare, scattered populations in middle and eastern Tennessee.

Additional Notes: This species may be transported and spread via the plant nursery industry.


Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:








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