Family Hylidae – Treefrogs

Gray treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

  • Description: 1 1/4-2 1/4 inches; gray to greenish with one to several irregular dark blotches; inner surface of thigh usually bright orange-yellow with dark spots.

  • Distribution: Statewide; common.

  • Breeding period: April to August.

  • Breeding sites: Small ponds, ditches, or other semi-permanent to permanent aquatic sites.

  • Voice: Short, rather loud trill.

  • Comments: The gray treefrog is morphologically indistinguishable from a related species, Hyla versicolor. No research has been done to determine which species occurs in Mississippi, but data from nearby areas indicates that the gray treefrog in this state is most likely Hyla chrysoscelis. Leopard frog calling in background. Recorded near Logtown in Hancock County.