Italian tree frog
92/43/EEC Directive ann. IV
Originally included in Hyla arborea, now it is considered a separated species. It is shiny green with a brown strip extended through the eardrum until the groin.
It reproduces in low deep small and medium-sized ponds, with extensive riparian vegetation and good quality of water. Chants of males can be heard several kilometres away, the females select the partner according to the characteristics of song. Larvae are omnivore, mostly detritivorous, while adults are predators of arthropod, especially insects. The species is threatened due to disappearance of reproductive sites, to water chemical pollution and to habitats fragmentation with resulting isolation of populations.
Michela Bertoia ©