Barking tree frogs (Hyla gratiosa) are found throughout most of Florida and typically spend their days high in the forest canopy. They’re well-equipped for this habitat, with a bright green skin with dark round spots on their backs that helps camouflage them against the leaves. They eat mainly small invertebrates.
Barking tree frogs move to wetland areas like ponds and bogs for the breeding season, which occurs between March and August. Male barking tree frogs sit on vegetation on the surface of the water and give their distinctive call, a loud ‘arf.’ This call gives barking tree frogs their name.