Photo: Savvas Zotos

Tree frog

Hyla savignyi

Class: Amphibia

Order: Anoura

Family: Hylidae




Small sized species with a body length not exceeding 4.5cm. It has smooth skin, the dorsal surface of which is green and the ventral surface has white/yellow coloration. The lateral surface of the body is traversed by a continuous dark stripe with white outline.

Basic biology:


It can be found in areas with medium height vegetation near stream and ponds. It prefers bushes of forest habitats. Adults feed with invertebrates, mainly insects  and tadpoles with algae and plant mater. Reproduction takes place in standing water during the spring. Each female lays about 200 to 2,000 eggs that are released in parts. Tadpoles are hatched from the eggs and remain in the pond until there transformation into adults during late May.

Distribution at Cyprus:

From the coast to an altitude of 1600m.

Global distribution:

Cyprus, southeastern Turkey, eastern Mediterranean coast to Georgia and Iran. The Cyprus is the westernmost point of distribution.



Protection status:

Map of confirmed presence:

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