South Florida's Frogs
Only 14 of Florida's 27 species of native frogs are found in the South Florida region shown in green on this map, as well as all three of the introduced species. The subtropical climate of South Florida is much different from that of temperate North Florida, and many of the northern species of frogs are not found here.
Frog species are grouped by the habitat in which you are most likely to find them. To find out more about the frogs found in Central Florida, click on the thumbnail images or frog names below.
For each species, a breeding bar indicates the months when the frog is very likely (dark green) or possibly (light green) breeding in Florida, and a range map indicates where the species is found. Use the map, frog size, and photos to help with frog identification. Use the breeding bar and links to frog calls to identify frogs by their calls. To find resources for help with tadpole identification, see our Frog Links. Scroll down to see all frogs, or click on the habitat icons below to skip to that habitat group.
Terrestrial frog species live on the ground, often under plants, logs, or other cover, and often have dry, somewhat bumpy skin. Many species burrow in loose soil.
Arboreal frog species live in trees or bushes or on buildings, and have somewhat enlarged, sticky toepads. Most species are excellent climbers.
Aquatic frog species spend the majority of their time in the water, and usually have well-developed toe webbing. With the exception of the terrestrial Greenhouse Frog, which lays eggs on moist soil, any of Florida’s frogs may be encountered in aquatic habitats during their breeding season—this does not mean that they are aquatic species.