Pine Barrens Treefrog May Become New Jersey's State Amphibian
April 9, 2018
The pine barrens treefrog (Hyla andersonii) is a step closer to becoming the official state amphibian of New Jersey after state senate bill S2297 was introduced last month and were approved by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. It just needs to pass the state senate and assembly and then it will go to the governor who will hopefully sign the bill into law.
Designating the frog as the state amphibian would help the state pursue conservation efforts for the species and its habitat.
The treefrog, which can only be found in the New Jersey Pinelands, the Florida panhandle, southern Alabama and the Sandhills of North and South Carolina, was designated an endangered species in the state of New Jersey in 1979 and upgraded to threatened status in 2003.
Designating the frog as the state amphibian would help the state pursue conservation efforts for the species and its habitat by raising awareness of its plight, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
It is the state frog of North Carolina.
The pine barrens treefrog is a small frog (1–3 inches or 25–76 mm) long) and can be found in brushy areas near peat bogs and shallow ponds. Thick moss is where they are often found. It is different in appearance from the American green treefrog (H. cinerea) in that it sports a white-bordered lavender stripe on each side of its body.