Coated in vivid colors, featuring big bulging eyes, and making a distinctive sound, the Pine Barrens Tree Frog is a very recognizable species. However, as the frog’s habitat is being depleted, the animals are quickly becoming endangered. Learn more about the Pine Barrens Tree Frog below.
These frogs may be small, but they have some distinctive characteristics that set them apart. A vivid green color makes up most of the Pine Barrens Tree Frog’s looks. They also feature wide, dark stripes that make them more recognizable. While many people will compare the look of this frog to other species, specifically the American green tree frog, there is one aspect that causes them to stand out. A lavender stripe on either side of the frog’s body gives them a very specific look. The Pine Barrens Tree Frog is smaller than most other species, often only a few inches long.
This species is located in the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey, south central North Carolina, and a few small and isolated areas in the deep south. They live in areas with thick moss, preferring to come out only at night and in damp conditions. Because the areas are so limited and the conditions must be just right for the frogs to thrive, the species was listed as endangered for some time. Currently, the species is listed as near threatened.
H. andersonii is well known for their distinctive sounds. The males of the species will make a loud, nasally honking sound when mating. As the male calls, he will also puff out his chest. The frogs are much more likely to be seen during their mating season. One reason that the frog’s habitat is so important is that it is closely linked to reproduction. The female frogs lay eggs in the moss that grows in their specific environment.
The issue of the frogs becoming endangered has not gone unnoticed. The habitat is quickly being depleted, giving the frogs nowhere to go to reproduce and thrive. Thankfully, a group of individuals in North Carolina has taken notice and the group has started efforts to preserve the environment for the pine barren tree frogs. One North Carolina teen spearheaded an effort to create Save the Frogs Day, to bring awareness to the issue of endangerment.