Frogs by State

Frogs and Toads of Ohio

Frogs and Toads of Ohio

Frogs

True Frog Family – Ranidae

Bullfrog
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbianus)
IMG_7969
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)

The Green Frog and American Bullfrog looks the same but the Bullfrog can grow larger and they lack a dorsal ridge down their back.

pickerelfrog
Pickeral Frog
northernleopardfrog
Northern Leopard Frog
jasongibson_southernleopardfrog
Southern Leopard Frog

Pickeral Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, and Southern Leopard Frog look very similar to each other because of the spots but the Pickeral frog’s spots are more rectangular than the Leopard Frogs. The Southern Leopard Frog has less spots on the side of its side compared to the Northern Leopard Frog.

nbypzzu
Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Wood has a raccoon like mask on its face that makes it easy to identify.

Tree Frog Family – Hylidae

244
Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)

The Northern Cricket Frog is the only Cricket Frog in the state. It has no real distinct marks like the other frogs on this list.

IMG_0239
Eastern Gray Tree Frog (Hyla veriscolor) and Copes Gray Tree Frog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

The Gray Tree Frogs are identical besides their calls. They are the largest tree frogs in the state.

Mountain Chorus Frog

The Mountain Chorus frog looks similar to the other Chorus frogs in the state but it has a specific shape on its back that looks like this )(.

midlandchorusfrog
Midland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata)

The Midland Chorus Frog has three distinct stripes down their back. It’s similar to the Spring Peeper and the Mountain Chorus Frog.

peeper
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Spring Peeper can be identified by the X marking on its back.

Toads

True Toad Family – Bufonidae

12508828_947132985352077_5750679019733773362_n
American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
fowlerstoad
Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

The American Toad and the Fowler’s Toad look very much alike. The differences between the two are in the back of their heads.

bufo-cranial

The American Toad’s parotid gland is separated from the craniel crest while the Fowler’s Toad’s touches.

Spadefoot Toad Family – Scaphiopodidae

Eastern Spadefoot Toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii)

Eastern Spadefoot Toad is the only spadefoot toad in the state so just look for the toad with a spade on its rear feet.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s