Category: Frogs & Toads

The American Green Treefrog, 17 March 2013

Hyla cinerea, the American green treefrog; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 March 2013). The American green treefrog, Hyla cinerea, is truly the Kermit of the American southeast. Fairly large (by North American Frogger standards) and quite abundant in certain areas, this is a true sweetheart of…

Cope’s Gray Treefrog, 12 April 2014

Hyla chrysoscelis, the Cope’s gray treefrong; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). Cope’s gray treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis, is one of Florida’s numerous Hyla treefrog species. It is not, however, one of the species we typically have in my home county of Volusia. We’re not…

Hyla squirella, 11 June 2016

Hyla squirella, the Squirrel treefrog; Monroe county, Florida (11 June 2016). The Squirrel treefrog, Hyla squirella, is one of Florida’s wide-ranging, native treefrog species. They are also quite variable in coloration and pattern and are sometimes confused as being smallish American green treefrogs (Hyla…

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 18 July 2016

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (18 July 2016). The Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is a tank of a treefrog. Non-native to Florida, this invasive species has successfully colonized much of peninsular Florida. It’s easy to understand how and why; the Cuban…

Anaxyrus terrestris, 28 February 2015

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Lake county, Florida (28 February 2015). If you’re in peninsular Florida and you see a toad hopping about a yard, odds are it’s a Southern toad, Anaxyrus terrestris. Of course, if the toad is ridiculously huge, it might be…

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 28 February 2015

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Lake county, Florida (28 Februaray 2015). Native to Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas, the Greenhouse frog, Eleutherodactylus planirostris, is now well established throughout much of peninsular Florida. For a time, I’d only see them in yards and…

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 22 October 2017

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Marion county, Florida (22 October 2017, Nikon D7100). A small, reclusive amphibian sporadically strewn across stretches of peninsula Florida, Eastern spadefoots (Scaphiopus holbrookii) spend much of their time burrowed beneath the surface. They’re a bit more prone to coming…