This species occurs in the USA, from Delaware south to southern Florida along Coastal Plain, west to south-central Texas; north from Gulf Coast to southeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, western Tennessee, and northern Alabama; isolated population in south-central Missouri (Conant and Collins 1991). This species has been introduced into extreme northwestern Puerto Rico (Isabela-Aguadilla area), but it is not clear if it still survives there.
Habitat and Ecology
Swamps, marshes, and the edges of ponds, lakes, and streams, particularly where there is abundant floating and emergent vegetation. During daytime, rests among cattail blades or other leaves or shaded branches. Eggs and larvae develop in shallow, still water. Males call while perched on plants next to water (up to 5m above surface) or while sitting on floating plants. Larvae occur mainly in dense floating vegetation.
Total adult population size is unknown but it is apparently common, and is likely to be stable.
There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.
No conservation measures are needed at present. Its range includes several protected areas.
Hammerson, G.A. & Hedges, B. 2008. Hyla cinerea. In: IUCN 2014