Barking Tree Frog

hyla gratiosa

Description:
These frogs grow to be about 6.5cm(2.5 in). They have a short head and snout and a very conspicuous ear-drum. They are usually leaf-green with dark gray to brown roundish blotches, and also can have small lemon-yellow spots scatterd around the roundish blotches.
Habitat:
These guys requires a tall planted terrarium with good ventilation and temperature about 21-27C (70-81F) and slightly cooler for a couple of months in winter.
Read more information on this subject in the Housing Your Pet Frog section.
(see the Frog Doctor for details on illness prevention.)
Diet:
It can be feed on a variety of medium sized invertebrates and of course crickets (usually sized 3/4s of an inch)
See my page on Dealing with Crickets for more info.
Habits:
The barking tree frog can be found in the southeastern United States. It spends a good deal of its time climbing trees.
Its common name comes from the loud barking call emitted by the male during rain. This call sounds a lot like the bark of a small dog. But, the call changes to sound more like a hollow-sounding "doonk" when the frog is in water. Because the barking tree frog lives in forests near water, the destruction of such areas through deforestation and urban development present a danger to its continued existence.
Information on the longevity of frogs is available in the Weird Frog Facts section.
Miscellaneous Facts:
It is quite hardy and it makes a rewarding terrarium inmate.
My info on this species so far is pretty sparse. If anyone has a good photo they'd like to share or more info I'm sure many visitors would be greatful!



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