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Georgia Green Treefrog:
Georgia's Official State Amphibian
Photo by Richard T. Bryant
Size: It is 1.25 - 2.25
inches (3.2 - 5.7 cm) long.
Color: Skin ranges from bright green to yellowish
or dull greenish gray. A prominent white stripe extends from the mouth
along the side of the body. The length of the stripe is variable. It usually
extends almost to the thigh, but is absent in some populations. There may
be small gold spots on the back. The belly color is light cream to green.
It breeds from March to October. Eggs are fertilization
externally. The female lays up to 400 eggs in shallow, still water with abundant
vegetation. It take eight weeks
from the time the egg is hatched until it transformation occurs.
Habitat / Region
It is common throughout the Coastal
Plain and Piedmont of Georgia. It prefers the swamps and open forrests with
abundant moisture. It can be found on floating plants in these areas.
It is not an endangered species.
Official recognition as Georgia's State amphibian came
on April 19, 2005 after a three year effort begun by children
from Armuchee elementray school. The class project was to see how the legistative