This week’s rain has rustled up New Jersey’s tree frog population – and they’re happy it’s spring, apparently.
Residents across the state, but especially in the southern half of the state closer to the Pine Barrens, have heard the frogs all night long several times so far this week. The noise from the tree frog is less of a “ribbit” and more akin to a high-pitched quack of a duck.
The most common tree frog in New Jersey is the gray tree frog, according to wildlife officials. The species, also known as the North American tree frog, can camouflage itself depending on its surroundings, but the base color of its skin is gray. Only males “call,” or make the noises local residents have been hearing this week, usually while showing their throats. Mating season for gray tree frogs begins in April and lasts through August.
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission this week attributed recent rainy days and nights to the proliferation of tree frog calls being heard across the Garden State.