Gray Tree Frog Fact Sheet

Gray Tree Frog

Class:

Amphibia

Order:

Anura

Family:

Hylidae

Genus:

Hyla
Species:

versicolor

Size:

1.25 to 2 in long

Life Span:  7 years

Reproduction:

Breeding occurs late April to May where the female lays approximately 1,000 to 2,000 eggs.

Range:

Found in tropical lowlands from southern Mexico, throughout Central America, and in northern South America

Habitat:

Inhabit all elevations of wooded areas near temporary and permanent waters such as swamps, ponds, lakes, and thickly wooded areas.

Diet:

Insects, snails, worms, algae

Description:

Features shades of gray and brown with variable darker markings on a roughly textured skin.  Its color can change to almost white as temperature changes.

Facts: 

  • Their gray color serves as camouflage within densely wooded areas.  Their skin is able to assume most natural colors in which it comes to contact with helping it to blend in perfectly.
  • Tadpoles metamorphosize into froglets n six to eight weeks.
  • During hibernation, 80 percent of the body freezes and the eye becomes opaque as breathing and heartbeat are temporarily suspended.