Different Types of Frogs

Searching for different types of frogs is a great spring and summer activity. It is amazing how many types of frogs are found in North America. In fact, there are more than 90 different kinds of frogs in North America.

Here are few of the most common frogs you will find in your backyard or local park.

  • Bullfrog: The largest frog in the United States, some bullfrogs grow as large as eight inches, although most stay in the four- to six-inch range. They look like super-sized green frogs. Bullfrogs are usually found in ponds, and are most active during the evening. They are known for the distinctive, deep croaking, which sounds like "jug a rum." Bullfrogs feed on just about anything they can fit in their mouth. They will eat insects, tadpoles, other frogs and fish. 
  • Gray Tree Frog: The Gray Tree Frog is also known as the North American Tree Frog. As the name suggests, these frogs are found in trees. They are most noticeable in spring, when they come out and sing for a mate. The Gray Tree Frog is relatively small, at about one and a half inches for the males and two inches for the females. Gray tree frogs vary in color from gray to green, depending on the background. They have warty-looking skin. While these frogs are found on trees, they are never far from a source of water. If you are looking for a North American Tree Frog, try looking in the trees surrounding a pond.
  • Green Tree Frog: This is the common green frog, known to some as a garden frog. This frog is basically a miniature bullfrog. They grow up to three inches in size. The male green frog has an all-green body and sings with a sound that resembles a banjo twang. Generally, the Green Tree Frog lays its eggs during the summer and fall; new frogs emerge the next spring as adults.
  • Northern Leopard Frog: This is one of the most common frogs. The Leopard Frog varies in size from two to five inches. A Leopard Frog is green with black spots. They are nocturnal and do not spend a lot of time in the water. You are most likely to find them hopping around in the grass. Many people say the Leopard Frog's call sounds like a snore.
  • Northern Chorus Frogs: This is a small frog, about one inch in size. It is one of the earliest-appearing frogs. They are nocturnal and their call sounds like someone playing a comb. They are found in ponds, marshes and swamps. This frog is found in colors ranging from brown to gray, with brown stripes. The males have yellow throats.
  • Northern Cricket Frogs: Another tiny frog, these grow about one inch long. They have rough, warty skin. They are easy to distinguish from other frogs by the dark triangle between their eyes and their webbed back feet. The cricket frog is diurnal, or active in the day. Cricket frogs like water homes, with lots of vegetation. 
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