Green tree frogs (Hyla cinerea) come in a variety of shades of green and yellow. These colorful frogs frequently have a green or yellow stripe down their side, although some individuals may lack this. This variability means that they’re often mistaken for squirrel tree frogs, another species native to our region.
Common throughout the southeastern United States, green tree frogs spend most of their time in the treetops. However, they’re also accustomed to more urban environments and can often be seen near outdoor lighting on buildings at night, where they wait to consume insects drawn in by the light.
From March to October, green tree frogs gather in wetlands to breed. Their call is a loud “meep” or “beep” sound. Female green tree frogs can lay up to 1,000 eggs in a single night. They feed mainly on small invertebrates such as crickets and beetles.
Green tree frogs are a species of Least Concern in the IUCN Red-List, but some people have reported declining populations as these frogs are often pushed out of their habitat and eaten by the invasive Cuban tree frog.