Frog relocation

Asked June 22, 2020, 11:05 PM EDT

We have a bunch of these frogs in our yard, and they’ve been hopping in our pool, we don’t want them dying to the chemicals in the pool is it possible to relocate them to a local lake?

Suffolk County New York

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Frogs and toads can be difficult to identify bases solely on a photograph, because it can be difficult to see distinguishing characteristics. The frog in your photo is the common gray treefrog, scientific name Hyla versicolor.

This species has bright orange coloration on the concealed surfaces of the thighs. This area is not visible in your photo. They also have a light spot under each eye, which you can make out in your photo.

This species, when not breeding, spends most of its time high up in the trees. However, they can sometimes be found near the ground. They have also been seen on windows waiting for prey. They feed on roaches, crickets, beetles, caterpillars and moths.

They breed in semi-permanent ponds that don't contain predatory fish. Other than at those times, they are on land, so taking them to a local lake is not the answer. If you have a wooded area near your home that would be a good area to release them, but be aware that the area around your home is apparently good habitat, so other frogs may move in to replace the ones you relocate.

An excellent guide for frogs and toads in your area is:

Lang, Elliott, Gerhardt, Carl and Davidson, Carlos. (2009). The Frogs and Toads of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

I hope this answers your question, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim