Florida's Frogs

"True" Frogs (Family Ranidae)


Bronze Frog
(Lithobates clamitans clamitans)


Bronze Frog by Kevin Enge

Bronze Frog by S.A. JohnsonBronze Frog by Dirk Stevenson


Bronze Frog (click on small images to view larger)

Photos by (clockwise from top) Kevin Enge (FWC), Dirk Stevenson, and Steve A. Johnson (UF). These photos may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer.



Usually 2 to 3 in.


Back is bronze-brown and unmarked, with obvious, raised ridges down each side of the body that extend to the groin. Belly is white with dark, worm-like markings. Like all "true frogs," they have large eardrums and webbed hind feet.


April to August; eggs are laid in a small surface film (less than 12 in. diameter). Call is a banjo-like g'doong, sometimes repeated. To hear frog calls, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup and select the species you want to hear from the common name drop-down list (to hear the Bronze Frog, select "Green Frog" from the list--the Bronze Frog is a subspecies of the Green Frog).


Beetles, snails, worms, spiders, crayfish, and other invertebrates; also fishes and small frogs.


Found in northern Florida along the shoreline of permanent bodies of water. Breeds in the shallow, vegetated edges of marshes, springs, streams, lakes (natural or manmade), and ditches.

Bronze Frog Range Map

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.


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