The gray treefrog is one of the 2 species of arboreal frogs in Rhode Island (the other is the spring peeper). They spend the majority of their time in trees and shrubs in both coniferous and deciduous habitats.  


While aloft, treefrogs can be difficult to impossible to spot, for they are extremely cryptic- as they blend with tree bark and moss and lichen coverings.   However, the inner thigh and lower flanks have "flash patches" of brilliant yellow-orange mottled with black.

Treefrog tadpoles are the only tadpoles in Rhode Island that display a bright red tail

Unlike the adults - the gray treefrog metamorphs are bright lime-green. However, they quickly adopt the adult coloration