Commonly Confused Native Species:
Size: A small to medium sized arboreal frog measuring 1.5 to
2.5 inches in length.
Color: The dorsum is gray with irregular blotches of dark gray
pigment often etched in black. Bright yellow to orange
patches on thighs can be seen during activity. Distinct
suction cup toe pads on feet. Newly metamorphed
individuals are greenish in color.
Behavior: Remain motionless, relying on their cryptic coloration as
their primary defense. If detected they may flee quickly
exposing their brightly colored thighs startling would-be
predators. When handled their skin emits a toxic
secretion; one should wash toxin off hands prior to
Habitat: Occur in a variety of habitats including deciduous
woodlands. Require aquatic habitats for egg deposition
and larval development, preferring shrub swamps and
pools associated with woodlands and woodland edges.