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Gray tree frog

Here is a frog I met.

I found this guy hanging out on a chair outside my office.

It’s hard to say for sure whether this is an Eastern gray tree frog or a Cope’s gray tree frog. They’re outwardly identical, and their range overlaps.


Cope’s gray tree frog (Hyla chrysoscelis, also called the southern gray tree frog, recently reclassified as Dryophytes chrysoscelis) is a species of tree frog found in the United States. It is almost indistinguishable from the gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor, and shares much of its geographic range. Both species are variable in color, mottled gray to gray-green, resembling the bark of trees. These are tree frogs of woodland habitats, though they will sometimes travel into more open areas to reach a breeding pond. The only readily noticeable difference between the two species is the call — Cope’s has a faster-paced and slightly higher-pitched call than H. versicolor. In addition, H. chrysoscelis is reported to be slightly smaller, more arboreal, and more tolerant of dry conditions than H. versicolor.

I also posted a version of this on Instagram.