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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

Caecilians: The Limbless Enigma

Caecilians are amphibians with long, limbless bodies that resemble worms or snakes more than frogs or salamanders. Their name means “blind ones,” a reference to their tiny, skin-covered (or in some cases, non-existent) eyes - which probably don’t get much use, as they spend most their lives burrowing underground. Caecilians are unusual for amphibians in that 75% of them give birth to live young, oftentimes, fully formed. There are also a few species where the mother actually grows a layer of nutritious, fatty skin that is eaten off by her own young, which is analogous to breastfeeding in mammals.

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