Florida's Frogs & Toads

Treefrogs (Family Hylidae)


Green Treefrog
(Hyla cinerea)

Green Treefrog by Steve A. Johnson

Green Treefrog by Steve A. JohnsonGreen Treefrog by Steve A. JohnsonGreen Treefrog by Steve A. Johnson

Green Treefrog (click on small images to view larger)

Photos by Dr. Steve A. Johnson (UF). To obtain permission to use these photos for educational purposes, email tadpole@ufl.edu.



Usually 1 to 2.5 in.


Slender body is bright to dark green, or sometimes grayish, and may be marked with yellow flecks; skin is smooth. Sides are clearly marked with whitish stripes, usually with crisp black borders; stripes may be absent in some individuals. Like all treefrogs, this species has enlarged, sticky toepads.


March to October; lays eggs in multiple clusters (about 300-1,000 eggs in one night) near the surface of the water, often attached to vegetation. Call is a nasal quoonk-quoonk-quoonk repeated up to 75 times per minute. To hear frog calls, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup and select the species you want to hear from the common name drop-down list.


Beetles, crickets, caterpillars, beetle larvae, stinkbugs, other small invertebrates.


Found throughout Florida and on some of the Keys, in trees within about 100 yards of breeding sites. Breeds in any permanent water body (even those with fish), including marshes, bayheads, cypress domes, sloughs, swamps, ponds (natural or manmade), lakes, and ditches.


Green Treefrog Range

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.


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