Tuesday, August 18, 2009

California Treefrog

The California treefrog is similar to the Pacific treefrog, but it has a much smaller distribution. It is found in the coastal half of Southern California and down into Baja California and its distribution is very spotty. It is usually gray or brown with dark blotches and usually has no eyestripe (which characterizes the Pacific treefrog). The California treefrog has more webbing on the hindfeet and larger toe pads than the Pacific treefrog. The ranges of the California treefrog and Pacific treefrog overlap, but they are rarely found in the same locality. The California treefrog, below, was found near the East Fork of Mission Creek in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was in the foothills and deserty area. It has some sand clinging to its body.

This California treefrog was found in Millcreek Canyon, also in the San Bernardino Mountains. It was in a more mountainous and less deserty area. It is on a piece of cloth.

The remaining California treefrogs were photographed in Borrego Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This area was all desert with a small stream, not the kind of spot you would normally expect to find frogs.

Note the lack of eyestripe.

This frog was a darker color, but still lacks the eyestripe of the Pacific treefrog.

Unfortunately, I don't have a good picture of the webbing on the hind legs.


  1. Do you have any resources for the proper care/feeding/housing of California Tree Frogs? I am helping to rehabilitate a badly injured California Tree Frog and need specific info. Thanks for any help you can provide!

  2. I'm sorry Chris, I've never kept one as a pet. I'm guessing that they would eat small meal worms and small crickets and do well in an aquarium with both water and rocks. Good Luck.

  3. I've had one for about a week. It loves live crickets - can't resist them. I tried some canned crickets and meal worm, but it won't eat them - has to be moving. It has eaten as many as ten in one day. I don't know how much they eat in the wild, but this one is certainly much fatter now than when I caught it. I'm thinking maybe two to four crickets a day.