The gray tree frog's range covers wide swathes of the east United States, from northern Florida to central Texas and parts of southeastern Canada.
The Gray Tree Frog is a largely arboreal species that occupies various wooded habitats. It’s frequently found in forests, swamps, backyards and on agricultural land.
Like all amphibians, it starts out life in the water and moves onto dry land. It migrates upward with age; off flat ground and into the trees.
This frog can be identified by a blotchy pattern on its skin, resembling lichen; the white spot beneath each eye, and a dark stripe that reaches the front of the legs. They have white bellies, while their limbs are yellow or orange underneath. The tops of their bodies can change color from grey to green or brown, depending on the environment and how much stress they’re under.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians