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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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