The barking tree frog can be found from southern Virginia through to Florida and eastern Louisiana. They occur more commonly in the coastal areas and there are colonies in Tennessee and Kentucky and also have been introduced into the southern part of New Jersey.
When the weather is warm they can be found on treetops. But they reside both on land and in water. In dry weather, they dig into the ground and shelter in roots and clumps of vegetation seeking moisture. In breeding season, they come together at ponds and streams. These tree frogs, like most others are insectivorous – eating and hunting crickets, earthworms, max worms and even insect larvae. They have a very broad diet.
The barking tree frog is a relatively large species of tree frog and is the largest species native to America. The frog’s length is normally from 2.0 – 2.8 in. It is difficult to pinpoint a specific range of colors for this frog because it can change the color of their skin. Colors vary greatly. However, it is easy to differentiate because of the dark spots on their backs. To aid with climbing, the barking tree frog has rounded toe pads. The loud calls often created by males are done with the help of a large vocal sac. Eyes of the barking tree frog are black, gold and brown. The tadpoles are also large, reaching lengths of up to 2.0 in. and can take up to 2 months to transition.
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