Characteristics and Behavior:
American green tree frogs are small amphibians with a bright green coloration, though their shade can vary. They have smooth skin and large, adhesive toe pads for climbing. Their eyes are large and gold-rimmed, with horizontal pupils, and they have a distinctive white or cream-colored stripe along their upper lips. These frogs are primarily arboreal and are often found perched on vegetation, especially near water sources.
- American green tree frogs are native to the southeastern United States, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
- They prefer habitats near wetlands, ponds, and slow-moving streams with plenty of vegetation for both shelter and foraging.
- American green tree frogs are well-adapted to Florida's warm and humid climate, often inhabiting a range of wetland and woodland ecosystems.
- The average lifespan of American green tree frogs is around 2 to 5 years.
- Breeding typically occurs during the warm and rainy months, with males calling to attract females to breeding sites.
- After laying eggs on the surface of the water, the tadpoles undergo metamorphosis and transform into adult frogs.
- Nocturnal Chorus: Male American green tree frogs are known for their loud, distinctive calls, which sound like "quonk-quonk." These choruses are most often heard on warm, rainy nights.
- Camouflage Experts: Their bright green color helps them blend in with their leafy surroundings, making them difficult to spot when they're at rest.
- Insect Eaters: These tree frogs primarily feed on insects, making them valuable for pest control in their habitats.
“Green Treefrog.” Florida Museum, Florida Museum, 30 Nov. 2020, www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-herps/florida-frog-calls/green-treefrog/.