How to catch tree frogs

8 Tips to Find Tree Frogs in Your Yard

Finding tree frogs may not be as easy as just looking up in the trees. Depending on the type of frog that you’re looking for, they may be more or less easy to spot. I felt like it took forever to spot my first tree frog as a child! I am now very experienced at finding tree frogs and would love to share my knowledge with you in this article.

You can find tree frogs by looking in trees, at the base of trees, on in leaves, and under leaf litter near a permanent source of freshwater. The best time to look for tree frogs is in the evening and at night during mating season. 

I like looking for Spring Peeper, Gray Tree Frogs, and Chorus Frogs in my area. Here are my tried and tested tips on how to find tree frogs in the wild based on years of experience searching, finding, and observing them.

1. Look For Tree Frogs Near a Source of Water

The best place to find tree frogs is near a permanent source of very slow-moving freshwater with no fish, like a pond, marsh, or bog that is surrounded by trees. Although tree frogs do not live in water like aquatic frogs, they require a permanent body of water and trees to be able to survive. 

It will probably be harder or rarer to find tree frogs near a fast-moving source of water like a river. Like many other frog species, tree frogs prefer slow-moving, practically stagnant water to reproduce so that their eggs and tadpoles do not wash away. Tree frogs generally prefer water with no fish.

Some of the best places to look for tree frogs include:

  • Small ponds surrounded by trees
  • Marshes with trees or tall vegetation
  • Bogs and swamps with trees

2. Look For A Shiny Bump in Trees

Generally, the easiest way to find a tree frog is to scan from the tree trunk to the tip of a branch looking for a shiny bump. Tree frogs camouflage extremely well and may be the same color as the branch or hidden among leaves, however, their wet and shiny skin can give them away.

Generally, the way I find tree frogs is by looking for a shiny lumps among the trees. Although tree frogs can camouflage extremely well, they cannot hide the fact that their skin is wet. Frogs need to stay moist and hydrated in order to survive, and they breathe and drink through their skin. 

Therefore, one of the best times to go looking for tree frogs using the method of looking for a wet shiny anomaly in the trees is when it is dry outside. If it just rained and everything is wet outside, they are generally harder to spot.

3. Look For Tree Frogs at The Base of Trees

Some frogs do not climb up high into trees and can be found at the base near leaf litter. For example, Spring Peeper can generally be found calling at the base of trees, only 10 to 20 centimeters (4 to 8 inches) high during mating season.

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In the video below, I show how to find Spring Peeper and you can see me spot them at the base of trees during mating season. Although they can be very loud, it can be tough to find these tiny frogs. You may find yourself standing right next to one and not even see it. Looking for something wet and shiny can be very helpful.

4. Look For Tree Frogs on Leaves

Some tree frogs like to spend their time camouflaged and stuck to leaves. This is especially true for very small and light tree frogs like Glass Frogs and Red-Eyed Tree Frogs.

Some frogs like to hang out on branches like Grey Tree frogs. Others prefer the humidity and comfort of the leaves. It can sometimes be rare to find tree frogs hanging out on leaves in North America depending on what you are looking for. However, sticking to leaves is very common for a number of tree frogs that can be found in South America. 

Check out our list of frogs you can find in the Rainforest here.

5. Look For Tree Frogs Under Leaf Litter

Many tree frogs spend part of the day hiding under leaf litter which generally consists of dead leaves and debris at the base of trees. Some tree frogs may find refuge during the day below leaf litter in order to stay cool, hydrated, and hide from predators. 

Honestly I do not recommend this technique in general. Lifting up leaves to look for tree frogs under leaf litter can hurt them and disturb their habitat. A much better approach is to look for tree frogs in or at the base of trees, out in the open. 

Resort to the next few tips in order to better respect the frogs in their natural environment if you are still having a hard time finding them.

6. Listen And Look For Tree Frogs Chirping

Male tree frogs chirp during mating season in order to attract female frogs by filling up their vocal sacks with air and emitting sounds while exhaling. Generally, looking and listening for tree frog calls can help pinpoint their location.

Start by listening for male tree frogs. Slowly approach the sound that you can hear and be careful not to inadvertently step on any frogs that may be at ground level. Once you’ve gotten close to the sound that you can hear, try looking for the frog. 

My favorite tip to find tree frogs while they are chirping is to look for what looks like a bubble gum balloon growing bigger and smaller. When male tree frogs chirp they inhale air into their vocal sacs filling them up and making them look like balloons. This can help give away their location. 

7. Look For Tree Frogs at Night

Looking for tree frogs at night can generally make it easier to find certain species since right after sunset is commonly when they start calling during mating season. Approaching loud tree frogs can make it easier to pinpoint their location.

My favorite time to go looking for certain kinds of tree frogs is in the late evening right after sunset, and at night. For example, I find that Spring Peeper are generally easier to spot at night. I usually find Spring Peeper by pinpointing their location based on two main factors: sound and sight.

Be sure to bring a flashlight with you if you’re looking for frogs at night, and try not to scare them by flashing the lights directly at them. Some frogs may play dead if they are afraid, others may not mind your presence and will continue calling.

Learn more about different frog personalities in this article on our blog.

8. Look For Tree Frogs During Mating Season

One of the easiest times to find tree frogs in the wild is during mating season which is generally from March to June in North America. Some frog species can be heard over 1 km from their location making them easier to find.

Frogs are generally louder and easier to spot before they reproduce while males call for females. Depending on where you are located in the world, the mating season can be all year round (like in parts of South America) or take place only during the Spring (Canada).

Generally, tree frogs reproduce from March to June in Canada and the Northern parts of the United States, and from November to February in more Southern parts of the United States. This can be a great time to go looking for tree frogs because they are louder and easier to locate.  

More Tips For Finding Frogs

It can be very fun to find tree frogs in the wild, but you may also enjoy looking for toads and aquatic frogs. Toads can generally be found on land, and aquatic frogs may be found in the ponds where you are looking for tree frogs.

Here are more tips on her blog about how to find frogs in the wild:

  • 32 Easy Way to Find All Types of Frogs
  • 10 Tips to Find Aquatic Frogs in The Wild
  • 14 Places to Find Toads in Your Yard
  • 4 Easy Ways to Find Toads in The Wild
  • 8 Tips to Find Tree Frogs
  • Where Can You Find Frogs in the USA?
  • Attract Frogs to Your Yard
  • How to Keep a Wild Pet Frog or Toad
  • Create a Frog Friendly Pond to Attract Them
  • Create a Toad House to Make Them Feel More Welcome

Common Questions About Finding Tree Frogs

Where do tree frogs hide during the day? Tree frogs can generally be found hiding under leaf litter, on branches or on leaves during the day. Tree frogs require a permanent source of freshwater and trees to survive and can generally be found in trees near ponds, bogs or marshes.

How do you attract a tree frog? You can attract tree frogs by creating the perfect environment for them which needs to include a permanent body of freshwater with no fish, surrounded by trees, very little predators and a steady source of food (bugs).

Where do tree frogs live in the United States? You can find tree frogs all over the United States near marshes, ponds, bogs, swamps and other permanent bodies of freshwater surrounded by trees. Tree Frogs avoid bodies of water with fish or fast paced currents.

How do I identify tree frogs? You can identify a tree frog by considering its location and by looking at its feet. Tree frogs are generally found near or in trees close to a permanent freshwater source, and they have tiny suction cups on the bottom of their feet.


This article is written from many years of personal experience, enjoy 🙂

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How to Attract Tree Frogs to Your Yard (7 Tips)

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by Wildlife Informer

There’s nothing like having the windows open on a warm summer night and hearing the chirps and croaks of frogs outside.

However, if you find your backyard to be too quiet and want to introduce more nature into your life, you might want to ask how to attract tree frogs to your yard.

Luckily for you attracting tree frogs and other frogs to your yard is pretty straightforward once you know what they like. Continue reading to discover some interesting facts about frogs and what you can do to make your yard irresistible to them.

How to Attract Tree Frogs to Your Yard (7 Tips)

1. Stop Using Pesticides

To attract tree frogs to your yard, the first step to take is to eliminate any harmful chemicals you’re using in the garden or lawn.

Frogs have permeable skin that allows them to absorb moisture from the environment. This means that they also end up absorbing harmful chemicals and pesticides as well.

The widespread use of insecticides, pesticides, and even synthetic fertilizers is one of the contributing factors to decreasing frog populations. These harmful substances cause deformities and birth defects.

These chemicals also remove all the tasty insects in your yard that frogs like to eat. If there’s no food source, it’s highly unlikely that frogs will want to hang around.

If you’re worried about having an infestation of bugs on your property, fear not. Once you have frogs nearby, the bug problem will take care of itself.

2. Provide a Water Source

Frogs need moisture to survive, so providing a shallow, non moving water source is essential to attracting them to your yard.

If you don’t have a pond or water source on your property already, there are a couple of makeshift ideas you can try. Place large, shallow dishes filled with clean water around your yard near trees in shady spots. Change the water weekly to keep it fresh.

Alternatively, take a small kiddie pool or plastic tub and partially bury it in the ground so that it’s top edge is at ground level. For best results keep these ponds out of direct sunlight and put a ramp on the inside so they can climb in and out.

Building a small pond on your property is an ideal way to attract frogs, but is a larger commitment. This method requires digging a shallow hole of variable width and covering it with a rubber or plastic liner. You can easily find liners made specifically for ponds online.

Once built, let rainwater fill it up, or add water from your local pond to introduce beneficial microorganisms.

3. Make a Shelter

They spend a lot of their time off the ground, so tree frogs don’t like to hide in the same ground level structures as other frogs.

An alternative to typical ground frog shelters is a 5 foot long PVC pipe driven into the ground. Make sure about half of the pipe is exposed. Place it at the base of a tree near a water source so the frogs have everything they need closeby.

Similarly, you can hang PVC pipes in trees to create tree frog shelters. Cut the pipes to about 2 feet in length and put a cap on the bottom opening. Drill a hole about 3 or 4 inches from the bottom so that some water collects, but excess water can drain out. Take the caps off once a month so old water can be replaced.

4. Provide Plant Cover

Frogs and toads are tasty snacks to predators like birds, foxes, or even cats. Giving them plenty of safe areas to hide and take cover makes your yard even more attractive to them.

Plant understory ferns, native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and other native, leafy plants around the base of trees and water sources to attract frogs. More vegetation also offers them plenty of bugs to eat.

5. Don’t Trim Foliage

Like the plants mentioned above, the foliage on trees, shrubs, and bushes provides a natural habitat for tree frogs.

Keeping trees, shrubs, and bushes full offers protection and cover while also encouraging more insects and food for the frogs

6. Use Outdoor Gardening Lights at Night

Having an outdoor garden light on at night attracts bugs like moths. For tree frogs that hunt at night, having an area where these bugs are concentrated makes catching them a lot easier.

Solar powered lights are a great option that are cost effective and environmentally friendly. These lights are waterproof and feature adjustable settings. Plus they’re attached to stakes, so setting them up is a breeze.

7. Be Patient

So you’ve completed all the above steps and still haven’t seen or heard a single tree frog. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong — sometimes it just takes a while for frogs to come and inhabit your yard.

If you really want to speed up the process, try buying tadpoles and stocking your pond with them. Be careful to choose native species, though. Introducing invasive, non-native frog species is detrimental to the local ecosystem.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the most poisonous animal in the world is a frog?
>>Take a look at 4 of the most poisonous animals in the world

Why You Want Frogs in Your Yard?

Aside from being fun to watch, there are a few reasons why you’d want frogs in your yard.

They feast on insects like slugs, grubs, mosquitos, and other pests, making them an eco-friendly, non-toxic alternative to pesticides and chemical insect repellants.

One frog can eat 100 insects in a day and roughly 10,000 bugs a season, so you won’t have to compromise on effectiveness, either.

Because amphibians are the most endangered group of vertebrae animals in the world, creating a haven for frogs is also a wonderful way to help restore their population.

What’s The Difference Between Frogs and Toads?

If you’re interested in attracting frogs to your yard, it helps to understand the difference between frogs and toads. Though toads belong to the frog family, and are technically a classification of frog — there are some key differences between them.

Toads have dry, bumpy skin and spend more time on land than frogs do. For this reason they are usually more common to find in yards and gardens. They like to burrow and hide underground to hibernate in the winter.

On the other hand, frogs have slimy, smooth skin that’s very prone to drying out. They spend more time in and around bodies of water such as small ponds.

Tree frogs are slightly different from other types of frogs as they are more arboreal rather than aquatic. Since they mostly hang out in trees on branches and leaves they are usually smaller than regular ground frogs. They have sticky toe pads that help them climb.

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Tree frogs

So far, amphibians living in water and on land have been described, but many of them decided to climb higher! Representatives of the family of tree frogs, or trees, (Hylidae) are especially popular with terrariumists. They spend most of their lives on trees and shrubs, and only occasionally go down. Some tropical species do even without these "visits".

They "take baths" and lay their eggs in small reservoirs, formed in the axils or rosettes of leaves, hollows of trees. Long fingers with suction cups at the end allow them to climb not only on trunks and branches, but also on smooth leaves, and in captivity on glass, easily holding onto vertical surfaces. In addition, tree frogs are able to make huge jumps, instantly “sticking”, for example, to the opposite wall of the room.

Many species are brightly colored, which is reflected in their names: "orange-sided", "golden", "multi-colored", etc., although most of them are green or brownish in spots and stripes protective coloration. Three domestic species are widespread in Russia: ordinary (Hula arborea), Asia Minor (H. savignyi) and Far Eastern (H.japonica) tree frogs. These are medium-sized (3-4 cm) frogs, leading an arboreal lifestyle. All of them are somehow protected species.

As an example, consider the common tree frog, which lives in the south of the European part of Russia, in the Krasnodar Territory and the Caucasus. But in some years with especially hot summers, tree frogs were found in the south of the Moscow region. The green color makes them completely invisible against the background of green leaves. Their existence is given out only by the sharp cries of males. Their singing can be heard at night and during the day, especially before the rain. Adult tree frogs usually live on trees far from the water, and young ones often stay on aquatic vegetation, sitting directly above the water (on reeds, cattails, reeds, sedges).

These frogs are active both day and night, but at night they feel bolder: they descend from trees and catch insects in the grass. They overwinter, burrowing into bedding or hiding in burrows, hollows, under stones. Before wintering, the color of tree frogs changes to a darker one. They prey on various insects, but prefer winged ones - flies or butterflies. Large prey, like other frogs, are stuffed into the mouth with the help of the front paws. For breeding, reservoirs are chosen, whose banks are bordered by reeds, bushes and trees. Females lay their eggs in spring, in large lumps, in several stages. One female can lay up to a thousand eggs. Very small tadpoles, no more than 0.5 cm, hatch after 10 days. Their development lasts for 3 months; the size of the tadpole before metamorphosis is up to 5 cm. The frogs become sexually mature at the 3-4th year of life.

More attractive for home keeping are tropical tree frogs, whose captive breeding is well established, and therefore some species are sold in pet stores. Most often these are Australian species: blue, or coral-toed, (Litoria caerulea) and long-legged (L. infrafrenata) litoria. These are large (up to 14 cm) amphibians of green color, sometimes with a bluish tint. Calm, even phlegmatic, they live great at home and are capable of simple training, so they often become pets. They require a spacious high terrarium. As a pound, a mixture of leafy soil, peat and expanded clay is used, in which plants with dense leathery leaves can be planted. At the bottom you need to put a wide and deep pond for swimming. When decorating the terrarium, you can use snags and tree branches that will protect the stems of plants from breakage. The temperature of the content is slightly above room temperature: 20-32 ° C. Humidity - about 80%. Food: crickets, cockroaches and other insects of suitable size. Frogs are very willing to eat flies and mosquitoes. They quickly get used to taking food from their fingers or from tweezers. Tree frogs can be trained to croak when the lights are turned on. In order for the frogs to start making sounds, they use a box of matches - just shake it next to the terrarium, as the males begin to "respond". If you do this every day when you turn on the light (lamps for illuminating the terrarium), then the tree frog develops a conditioned reflex - to croak when the owner approaches the terrarium and turns on the lamp. During the mating season, male tree frogs scream loudly on their own initiative, warning a possible rival that the territory is already occupied, and attracting females with their calls.

Outwardly, representatives of the family of copepod frogs, or copepods, (Rhacophoridae), common in Southeast Asia and tropical Africa, are similar in appearance to tree frogs. Some Asian species are famous for their ability to gliding flight using greatly enlarged webs between the toes of the hind legs. Most often, house copepods (Polypedates leucomystax), breeding in captivity, get to amateurs. These are medium-sized amphibians: the body length of males is 4-5 cm, females are twice as large. The color is brown with darker spots and stripes. To the conditions of detention are undemanding. The main thing that attracts the attention of lovers to them is the method of reproduction. The eggs are laid in a foam nest built by the parents. It is located above the water, between the leaves of low-hanging plants. In a terrarium, copepods build a nest on the side walls or just on the ground. After 2-5 weeks, the foam liquefies and the hatched tadpoles roll into the water. They feed small copepods in the same way as tree frogs. And reproduction in captivity is stimulated with the help of hormonal injections, which is not available to beginners.

Of course, representatives of the family of poison dart frogs (Dendrobatidae) are considered the “most-most” among tailless frogs. Incredibly bright coloration, interesting behavior, beautiful "singing" and, last but not least, the deadly poison produced by the skin of some species, attract the attention of not only biologists and ecologists, but also a large army of terrarium amateurs. Fortunately, when kept and bred in captivity, the toxicity of the poison practically disappears. It is possible that it depends on habitat conditions and the type of food, but nothing is known for sure. Which allows us to recommend dendrobates as pets.

A group of poison dart frogs (1 male and 3-4 females) needs a spacious terrarium, at least 40 x 25 x 25 cm in size. The soil is a mixture of peat, fern roots and sphagnum. A snag with plants from the bromeliad family placed on it is obligatory. Ventilation required. Temperature during the day 23-27 °C, at night 19-22 °C. Humidity - about 70%. Lighting is a must; at the same time, it is desirable to provide for a daily 30-60-minute quartz treatment with a LAU-30 lamp. Food: small insects, spiders and other invertebrates; should be in stock, since poison dart frogs are very energetic frogs and in the event of a week-long hunger strike they can simply die, which is how they differ from their other cold-blooded relatives, who eat just once a week.

The reproduction of poison dart frogs is incredibly interesting, although very difficult for a novice terrariumist. A male sitting on a horizontal leaf of a plant, with melodious trills, calls females ready for breeding to him. Caviar in the amount of 5-10 pieces is laid directly on this sheet. The male fertilizes her, and then stays nearby for a while, moistening the eggs with his mucus as needed. Tadpoles hatch on the 10-15th day, and the father carries them on his own back in a lump of foamy mucus to the nearest reservoir: such a reservoir is often water accumulated in the axils of bromeliad leaves. The female periodically visits her children, laying unfertilized eggs into the water, which serves as food for them. The male defends his territory and his "harem" (usually he has several females), courageously attacking the male poison dart frogs of his species.

The following types of dendrobates are imported into our country: coloring (D. auratus) poison dart frog - black-blue or black-yellow, about 4 cm in size; small (D. pumilo) poison dart frog - usually bright red with black or blue legs, 1.5-2 cm in size; blue (D. azureus) poison dart frog - blue-blue with black spots, 4 cm in size; sacred (D. leucomelas) poison dart frog - black with bright yellow spots and stripes, 3.5 cm.

In terms of complexity of keeping, other amphibians of the same bright color can be compared with dendrobates. For example, harlequins (Atelopus) - small toads from the tropical regions of America and Madagascar mantella frogs (Mantella). Unfortunately, all these most interesting tailless amphibians do not live long - 5-6 years. (However, this is longer than the lifespan of a laboratory white rat - about a year and a half!). In addition, all exotics are poorly tamed, completely ignoring the existence of their own owner. Therefore, I do not suggest that beginners start them without fail - this is the lot of "advanced" terrariumists who have accumulated extensive experience in keeping amphibians in captivity. I just want you to love all amphibians, these wonderful animals - slippery, cold, but incredibly interesting and cute.

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