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Barking Tree Frog

(Hyla gratiosa)


Category: Amphibians



This species of frog is native to the Southeastern United States. They are variable in color but recognizable by the dark, round markings on their backs and granular skin texture. They are found in a variety of woodland habitats but require fishless wetlands for reproduction. Their vocalizing groups, or choruses, are said to sound like barking dogs from a distance.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hylidae
Genus - Hyla
Species - H. gratiosa

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Interesting Animal Facts

An Ample Amphibian

Before reptiles and mammals appeared to challenge amphibian supremacy on the land, amphibians were much larger. But while they have shrunk in size over the last 315 million years, the Chinese Giant Salamander never got the memo: at up to 5.9 feet in length and 66lbs, this amphibian is longer than your dog, and probably weighs at least as much! Compare that to Paedophryne amanuensis, the world’s smallest frog (and smallest vertebrate) who is the size of a house fly! Due to habitat loss, environmental changes, and over-hunting/collecting, the Chinese giant Salamander is critically endangered, though conservation efforts to save it are underway today.

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