Ranges throughout the central southwestern United States, from central Utah and Colorado through most of Arizona and western New Mexico. Range extends south through central and southern Mexico. An isolated population can be found in the Texas panhandle.
This species prefers rocky plateaus and can survive in arid regions. It is generally ground-dwelling, and often found in canyon pools.
Highly variable in appearance, the canyon tree frog is colored to match its surrounding habitat. They reach a length of 2-2.5 inches and have bumpy skin. General color pattern is a light background with darker irregular spots that merge to form bands on the hind legs. A bright yellow groin is also typical for this species. They can be distinguished from similar species by the presence of a light patch beneath each eye, bordered on each side by a dark patch.
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