Pine Barrens Treefrog
Hyla andersonii

Listen to the Call

Photo by Aubrey Heupel


Listed: N.C. Natural Heritage Program, Significantly Rare

Description:  Named for the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Pine Barrens treefrog is considered by some to be the most beautiful frog in the United States. It is a medium-sized green treefrog with a white-bordered lavender stripe along each side of its body and brilliant orange on the underside of each leg.

Habitats and Habits:  Pine Barrens treefrogs are found in the pine forests and sandhills of south-central North Carolina. They are nocturnal and seldom seen, presumably spending their time in shrubs and trees. Most sightings occur during their breeding season. Breeding habitats include Carolina bays, pocosins (shrub bogs), spring-fed pools and bogs adjacent to pine forests. Females attach eggs singly or in small clusters to Sphagnum moss, or lay them on the bottom of the wetland. After hatching, tadpoles complete metamorphosis in seven to 11 weeks.

Call:  Pine Barrens treefrogs call from April to September. Males call from the ground or from shrubs or other vegetation near the water’s surface. Their call, which sounds like a nasal “honk” or “quonk,” is quickly repeated 10 to 20 times at infrequent intervals.

Frog Fact:  Pine Barrens treefrogs have a limited distribution in North Carolina, and populations are thought to be declining due to habitat destruction and degradation.

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The shaded region represents the range of the Pine Barrens treefrog in North Carolina.

Pine Barrens treefrog calling.
Photo by Aubrey Heupel

Photo by Aubrey Heupel

Photo by Mark Danaher

Photo by Aubrey Heupel A Pine Barrens treefrog hiding in a pitcher plant.
Photo by Aubrey Heupel

This website created by: Grant Connette and Evan Eskew.
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Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina 28035-1719.

Text and maps from: Dorcas, M. E., S. J. Price, J. C Beane, and S. S. Cross. 2007. The Frogs and Toads of North Carolina. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Raleigh, NC. – Copyright by Michael E. Dorcas

Call provided by E. Pierson Hill.

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