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Pine Barrens Tree Frog

(Hyla andersonii)


Category: Amphibians



These attractive little green frogs can be distinguished from the American green tree frog by the white-bordered lavender stripe each side of their body. Adults are terrestrial but stay near water sources. They are tolerant of low pH, which is unusual in frogs, and are able to lay their eggs in shallow, acidic ponds. They are a rare species and only found in a few pockets of suitable habitat in the eastern United States.




Data & Facts

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

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Interesting Animal Facts

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe and drink through their skin! Their skin is not watertight, but they have mucous glands that produce secretions to help keep them from drying out Their skin also serves as a handy defense mechanism: nearly all amphibians have poison glands that make their skin toxic - and on top of that, it can even serve as a tasty treat after they shed it (yes, many amphibians eat their own sloughed off skin)!

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