Treefrogs are relatively small anurans. They have a slim waist, long thin limbs and most have toes that terminate in distinctly enlarged discs or pads (except for the eastern cricket frog in Maryland). Treefrogs are distinguished from one another by a number of characteristics including, the type of dorsal markings they possess, the length of the back limbs, the presence or absence of a light spot under the eye and along the upper lip,
and the size of the toepads.
There are a total of nine species of treefrogs in three genera that can be found in Maryland. Members of the three genera (Hyla, Pseudacris, and Acris) can be distinguished from one another using fairly obvious physical characteristics.
Adult Barking Treefrog, photo courtesy of Scott A. Smith
Calling Barking Treefrog, photo courtesy of Scott A. Smith
This is a state endangered species, which was first discovered in Maryland in 1982. Currently known only from Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. If you find any please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Adult Gray Treefrog, photo courtesy of John White
Gray Tree Frog
Adult Cope's Gray Treefrog, photo courtesy of Corey Wickliffe
Cope's Gray Treefrog
Adult Green Treefrog, photo courtesy of John White
State listed as Endangered.If you find any, please contact DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Adult New Jersey Chorus Frog, photo courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Adult New Jersey Chorus Frog, photo courtesy of John White
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