Cope's gray treefrog

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Cope's gray treefrog
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Dryophytes
D. chrysoscelis
Binomial name
Dryophytes chrysoscelis
(Cope, 1880)
  • Hyla femoralis chrysoscelis (Cope, 1880)
  • Hyla versicolor chrysoscelis (Strecker, 1910)
  • Hyla versicolor sandersi (Smith and Brown, 1947)
  • Hyla chrysoscelis (Johnson, 1966)
  • Hyla (Dryophytes) chrysoscelis (Fouquette and Dubois, 2014)
  • Dryophytes chrysoscelis (Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016)

Cope's gray treefrog, Cope's chameleon tree frog, the western common tree frog, southern gray tree frog, or central Texas tree frog (Dryophytes chrysoselis) is a species of tree frogs. They live in the United States. Scientists think Cope's grey tree frog evolved after the last major ice age. Cope's grey tree frog can live in temperatures as low as -8 °C.[4] Females can lay up to 10–40 eggs. The eggs hatch in four days. When the eggs hatch, they are called tadpoles. Tadpoles become small frogs in 45–65 days. The species name chrysoscelis is from the Greek word chrysos, which means "gold." The Greek word scelis means "leg."[5][3][1]

This frog is gray or green in color with bright orange spots on its legs. This frog stays in the trees. Its color helps it blend in with the gray or brown tree bark. Human beings only see this frog on the ground when it is time for the frogs to mate and lay eggs.[1]

This frog lives in Ontario, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maryland south to Florida.[3][1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elizabeth Reisman (May 9, 2001). "Hyla chrysoscelis: Cope's Gra Treefrog: Subgenus: Dryophytes". Amphibiaweb. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  2. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2017). "Southern Highland Treefrog: Dryophytes chrysoselis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T55448A112712686. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T55448A112712686.en. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Dryophytes chrysoscelis (Cope, 1880)". Amphibian Species of the World 6.0, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  4. Adaptations of Frogs to Survive Freezing
  5. "Family Group Names in Diptera" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2012-07-18.

Books[change | change source]

  • Hammerson (2004). Hyla chrysoscelis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
  • Bernard S. Martof et al. (1980). Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-4252-4.
  • Sargent (1969). A suggestion regarding hindwing diversity among moths of the genus Catocala OF (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23: 261-264. (Available here Archived 2007-03-13 at the Wayback Machine.)
  • Thomas F. Tyning (1990). A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-81719-8.

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