This species' geographic range is not precisely determined, although it covers much of the eastern USA and southeastern Canada. It is sympatric with Hyla chrysoscelis in Wisconsin, south-central U.S., and probably many other areas. See Little et al. (1989) for distribution in West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southwestern Pennsylvania. See McAlpine et al. (1991) for information on distribution in eastern Maine and southwestern New Brunswick.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in various kinds of wooded and forested habitats. It is both arboreal and terrestrial. It hides in tree holes, under bark, in rotten logs, under leaves and under tree roots when inactive. Eggs and larvae develop in shallow woodland ponds and marshes, puddles, ponds in forest clearings, swamps, bogs and many other kinds of permanent or temporary waters lacking a significant current, including ponds created through excavation by humans. In northern Minnesota, successful reproduction in acidic bog water either does not occur or is a rare event (Karns 1992). In central Ontario, embryos and larvae exhibited a high degree of acid tolerance (J. Herpetol. 26:1-6).
The total adult population size is unknown but large and probably stable.
No major threats are known. Introduced Bluegill Sunfish might cause declines in larval tree frog abundance (Smith et al. 1999), and it is found in the pet trade.
This species is not distinguished from the very similar Hyla chrysoscelis in most published literature; it is distinguished by chromosomes, erythrocyte size (Matson 1990), and call characteristics.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Hyla versicolor. In: IUCN 2014