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Reptiles & amphibians

European tree frog (Hyla arborea)

Description

The European tree frog is more slender than other kinds of frogs. They also have longer legs. With this kind of frogs, the males are smaller than the females. Males are around 3.2-4.3 cm in length, with females growing up to 5 cm. The colour of the frog varies with subspecies, temperature, humidity and the frog’s mood. The skin colour can range from bright to olive green, brown and yellow. They hibernate in walls, cellars, under rocks or clods of vegetation and buried in leaf piles or piles of manure.

Habitat

Hyla arborea is found in marshlands, damp meadows, reed beds, parks, gardens, vineyards, orchards, stream banks, lakeshores and humid or dry forests.

Diet

These frogs eat a variety of small arthropods such as spiders, flies, beetles, butterflies and smooth caterpillars.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

Interesting Fact

“Hyla” originates from the Greek meaning “to bark” and the call of this species is a loud bark-like call.

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