Barking Treefrog Hyla gratiosa (LeConte, 1856)Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  -  Vulnerable  -  Coastal Plain only    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Anura   >   Family Hylidae   >   Genus Hyla   


Barking Treefrog (Hyla gratiosa) is a large treefrog species, discovered in Maryland in 1982, and currently known from only three coastal plain counties (Kent, Queen Anne's, and Caroline). It is ranked as S1 (highly state rare), and is considered state-endangered and vulnerable (Maryland DNR site). It breeds in vernal pools, ponds, and bays, and spends much time in sandy forest, where they will sometimes burrow in dry weather. This species is quite large for a treefrog, squat and stocky, with a granular skin texture, and round spots on a pale green body, plus large adhesive foot pads, befitting its arboreal habits. One vocalization is a hoarse, repeated barking, uttered from trees. There is another call given at breeding habitat, a loud, abrupt 'toonk' which it repeats every few seconds (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site).

There are 11 records in the project database.

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A Barking Treefrog in Baldwin Co., Alabama (8/21/2008). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

A Barking Treefrog in Covington Co., Alabama (8/21/2008). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

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