Brazos Bend State Park
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Squirrel Treefrog

Hyla squirella

Squirrel Treefrog

Description : Body 7/8 - 1 5/8 inches (2.2 - 4.1 cm). The Squirrel Treefrog can be difficult to identify. The same frog can be green at times and brown at another, either with or without spots. Often there is a broken white stripe down the side of it’s body. It may also have a dark stripe or bar between it’s eyes. Identify by the process of elimination, but you had better catch it first ! Over all appearance is similar to the Green Treefrog.

Voice : Males have a "duck-like" (quack, quack, quack,quack)call that is very nasal. Call is repeated 15 - 20 times in 10 seconds. Squirrel Tree Frogs call from March to October. They can normally be heard only after heavy rainfall.

Habitat : This frog is found in swamps, marshes, and edges of lakes and streams. Often found in the tree canopy or around rotten logs and stumps.

Breeding : Breeds from March - October only after heavy rains. Breeds in permanent and temporary bodies of water.

Range in Texas : Found from the Central Coast to East Texas.

Notes : It is sometimes called the "Rain Frog" because some believe it’s call to be a sign that stormy weather is approaching. The truth is that they usually start calling after the rain has already arrived. This frog is not very common in the park and has been located at just 3 or 4 locations within Brazos Bend State Park.

Updated: Aug 12, 2011