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Barking Treefrog

Hyla gratiosa

 

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Hyla_gratiosa_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

Large, deep, fishless ponds.

BREEDING SEASON

Spring/Summer, March-August

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Pseudacris ornata

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Hyla_gratiosa_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Lateral eyes. 

Body

Small Hyla gratiosa tadpoles (<45mm) are all over lightly colored green to greenish yellow with a clear body and a dark saddle spot midway down the dorsal tail muscle.  Larger tadpoles lose the dark saddle and are transparent yellow.

Tail

The tail is long with clear fins and tail muscle and a highly arched dorsal fin that extends anteriorly to the eyes.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Medium:  2-2.75 inches, 50-70mm.

This is the largest hylid tadpole.

Hyla_gratiosa_tadpole_length

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