Frogs by State

Frogs and Toads of Virginia

Frogs and Toads of Virginia


True Frog Family – Ranidae

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)

The Green Frog and American Bullfrog looks the same but the Bullfrog can grow larger and the bull frog lacks dorsal ridges down their back.

Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog (Lithobates kauffeldi)
Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)

The Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog and Southern Leopard Frog are basically identical besides that the Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog has light markings on dark background on thigh while the Southern Leopard Frog is the opposite.

Pickeral Frog

Pickeral Frog looks similar to the leopard frogs but it has rectangular markings instead of spots.

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

The Wood Frog has a raccoon like mask around its eyes that give it a distinct look.

Carpenter Frog (Lithobates virgatipes)

The Carpenter Frog has two light bands down its back.

Tree Frog Family – Hylidae

Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans)
Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus)

The Cricket Frogs look really similar but there’s a few ways to tell them apart. The Southern Cricket Frog has a more pointed snout while the Northern Cricket Frog has a more blunt snout. The Southern Cricket Frog doesn’t have as much webbing on the back legs as the Northern Cricket Frog.

Cope’s Gray Tree Frog (Hyla chrysoscelis) and Eastern Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

The Cope’s Gray Tree Frog and Eastern Gray Tree Frog are identical to the eye but there calls and number of chromosomes are different. They also have orange markings on their back legs.

Pine Wood’s Frog (Hyla femoralis)

The Pine Wood’s Frog looks like the Gray Tree Frogs but the Pine Wood’s Frog has orange spots on its legs instead of markings.

Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea)
Barking Tree Frog (Hyla gratiosas) 
Squirrel Tree Frog (Hyla squirella)

The Green Tree Frog, Squirrel Tree Frog, and Barking Tree Frog are all very similar. The Barking Tree Frog has much rougher skin than the others. The Green Tree Frog has a white line down its side.

Mountain Chorus Frog (Pseudacris brachyphona)
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Spring Peeper and the Mountain Chorus Frog are similar but the markings on their back can be used to tell them apart. The Spring Peeper has an X on its back while the Mountain Chorus Frog has 2 backwards parenthesizes that look like )(. Sometimes they touch that can kinda look like an x but there’s also a dark triangle between its eyes that the Spring Peeper doesn’t have.

Brimley’s Chorus Frog (Pseudacris brimleyi)

Brimeley’s Frog has a stripe through its eye and down the side. It also has no stripes on its back.

Upland Chorus Frog  (Pseudacris feriarum)

The Upland Chorus Frog has three stripes on its back that are often broken.

Southern Chorus Frog (Pseudacris nigrita)

The Southern Chorus Frog has three stripes on its back but it has a more pointed snout. It also has darker markings than the other Chorus frogs.

New Jersey Chorus Frog (Pseudacris kalmi)

The New Jersey Frog has three stripes on its back but they are broader and the dorsal stripes aren’t broken.

Little Grass Frog (Pseudacris ocularis)

Little Grass Frog is similar to the other frogs with 3 stripes down its back but it’s smaller and has no white lines on the the lips.


True Toad Family – Bufonidae

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)
Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)

The Oak Toad is the most easily identifiable toad out of the group of four. It is the smallest of the group and has a light line down its back. The Oak Toad also has orange on the bottom of its feet. The remaining three species of toads in Alabama are a lot harder to distinguish between. To identify the differences, you have to look at the top of the head. The Southern Toad has knobs on the back of its head. The Fowler’s Toad’s parotid gland touches its postorbital ridge around its eye while the American Toads’s parotid gland does not touch or connected to it by a spur. Here’s an easy map I found that helps me.


Narrowed Mouth Toad Family – Microhylidae

Eastern Narrow Mouthed Toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)

The Eastern Narrow Mouthed Toad is the only narrow mouthed toad in the state. The narrow, pointed head makes it easy to identify.

Spadefoot Toad Family – Scaphiopodidae

Eastern Spadefoot Toad (Scaphiopus holbrookii)

The Eastern Spadefoot toad is the only spadefoot toad in the state. It has a spade on its foot that it uses for burrowing in the sand.


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