Pine Barren Treefrog
by Emily Horton, 2013
Government & Heritage Library
On June 26, 2013 the Pine Barrens Treefrog became the Official State Frog in North Carolina (Session Laws 2013-189).
The North Carolina Herpetological Society led the effort to designate the Pine Barren Treefrog as the Official State Frog. In hopes of representing the unique amphibian diversity of North Carolina and the Southeast region of the United States, they conducted a poll to determine the amphibians that best represent the state. After over 6,000 total votes in the poll, the Pine Barren Treefrog was chosen along with the Marbled Salamander. This effort was spearheaded by Rachel Hopkins, a Raleigh teen who has brought awareness to amphibian conservation through her success in getting NC to recognize Save the Frogs Day!.
The Pine Barren Treefrog can be found in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain regions of North Carolina, although it is considered rare. It has been considered one of the most striking and beautiful frogs in the Southeast region of the United States. Further, the Pine Barrens Treefrog name is reflective of one of North Carolina’s signature trees and ecosystems, the pine forests.
Raleigh Teen Prompts N.C. Declaration of 'Save the Frogs Day', Carolina Parent: http://www.carolinaparent.com/articlemain.php?Raleigh-Teen-Prompts-N.C.-Declaration-of-Save-the-Frogs-Day-3324
State Amphibian Poll, the North Carolina Herpetological Society: http://www.ncherps.org/state_amphib_poll.shtml
Pine Barrens Treefrog, Davidson Herpetology, Davidson College: http://www.herpsofnc.org/herps_of_NC/anurans/Hyland/Hyl_and.html
The Pine Barren Treefrog. Image courtesy of the North Carolina Herpetological Society. Available from http://www.ncherps.org/state_amphib_poll.shtml
NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 2013. "Gov. Pat McCrory signs HB 830, making the Pine Barrens treefrog and marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and making the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474317242655586&set=a.4743169126.... Accessed 6/29/2013.
28 June 2013 | Horton, Emily S.