California Tree Frog

Pseudacris cadaverina

Order: 

Anura

Family: 

Hylidae

Pseudacris cadaverina, sometimes referred to as Hyla cadaverina, are small frogs, ranging from 2.9 - 5 cm in length (1). Difficult to see, P. cadaverina are cryptically colored to blend in with their environment, often grey or brown with dark blotches (1). Distribution is seasonally dependent with spring and summer bringing P. cadaverina close to small streams and still bodies of water, while the rainy seasons of falll and winter push P. cadaverina towards more stable habitats (2). Mating and foraging for invertebrates are common sights during spring and summer, though their activity is limited to the late afternoon and evening (2).

(1) USGS WERC Projects - A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Coastal Southern California(F_hyca). https://www.werc.usgs.gov/ProjectSubWebPage.aspx?SubWebPageID=32&Project... Field Guide to the Reptile and Amphibians of Coastal Southern California.

(2) Harris, Roland T. "Seasonal Activity and Microhabitat Utilization in Hyla cadaverina (Anura: Hylidae)." Herpetologica31, no. 2 (June 1975): 236-39. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891659.

Habitat: 

  • coastal freshwater pond