South Florida's Frogs


South Florida RegionOnly 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.  

Breeding BarFor 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 Frogs        Arboreal Frogs       Aquatic Frogs



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Terrestrial Frogs

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.





Cane Toad a.k.a. "Bufo Toad"
(Rhinella marina)


Southern Toad


Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)



Oak Toad


Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)



Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad
(Gastrophryne carolinensis)



Eastern Spadefoot


Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrooki)



Greenhouse Frog


Greenhouse Frog
(Eleutherodactylus planirostris)



Little Grass Frog


Little Grass Frog (Pseudacris ocularis)



Southern Chorus Frog


Southern Chorus Frog (Pseudacris nigrita)



Gopher Frog


Gopher Frog (Lithobates capito)



Arboreal Frogs

Arboreal frog species live in trees or bushes or on buildings, and have somewhat enlarged, sticky toepads. Most species are excellent climbers.




Barking Treefrog


Barking Treefrog (Hyla gratiosa)




Cuban Treefrog


Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)



Green Treefrog


Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)



Pine Woods Treefrog


Pine Woods Treefrog (Hyla femoralis)




Squirrel Treefrog


Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella)



Aquatic Frogs

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.


Pig Frog


Pig Frog (Lithobates grylio)



Southern Leopard Frog


Southern Leopard Frog
(Lithobates sphenocephalus)



Southern Cricket Frog


Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus)



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