Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Gem of the Pine Barrens

Deep in the scattered bogs and wetlands of the New Jersey pinelands is arguably the most attractive treefrog species in North America. The Pine Barrens Treefrog, a small secretive treefrog species which is almost never seen outside of the breeding season proliferates in pinelands. PBTFs have one of the oddest distributions of any North American reptile or amphibian. They are found in large numbers in suitable habitat in the New Jersey pine barrens, several locations in North & South Carolina, and one small area in the Florida panhandle and extreme southern Alabama.

Pine Barrens Treefrog - Hyla andersonii

Most of their former habitat has been reclaimed due to development, but large pockets of this species can still be found deep in the heart of the pine barrens. The Pine Barrens Treefrog is listed as a Threatened species in New Jersey and conservation efforts are in the works to ensure that this beautiful species remains a simple of the pine barrens for years to come. I've attached a video done by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance on the PBTF, enjoy!


  1. What a beautiful frog and a cool call too!


  2. They truly are Cindi. Being amongst a large chorus of them at night in the pine barrens is a unique experience.