The green tree frog is a relatively large, thin amphibian, usually bright green in color with large toe pads and a white belly. Most individuals have orange or gold spots scattered on their backs and a clearly defined ivory or yellow stripe along the upper jaw and side. Although their range is expanding to many parts of Piedmont, green tree frogs are mainly found in the coastal plain, where they can be extremely abundant along wetland margins and in swamps. During the day, these frogs hide under vegetation by the water or in other humid, shaded areas.
At night, they look for flying insects, often performing acrobatic maneuvers while jumping from branch to branch. Contrary to popular belief, tree frogs are not aggressive or poisonous. The highest risks you can take when handling them are skin irritations and Salmonella bacteria. Therefore, it is best to refrain from handling them.
Your skin absorbs oxygen and other chemicals around you, so holding them with unwashed hands can transfer chemicals from your hand to your skin. Tree frogs will absorb these chemicals quickly and can weaken their immune system, making them more susceptible to disease.
North Carolinahas a good number of different toad species from three different families. Only members of the Bufonidae family produce bufotoxin, a toxin that you don't want to ingest.
North Carolina has more than 25 different species of frogs and toads, which makes it a pretty good frog state. The Oriental Spadefoot toad is the only species of Spadefoot toad in North Carolina, so if the toad has a shovel in its hind leg, it is the Oriental Spadefoot toad. The North Carolina Amphibian Survey Program attempts to collect data from volunteers across the state who monitor specific frog call routes.