Florida's Frogs & Toads

Neotropical Thin-toed Frogs (Family Leptodactylidae)


Greenhouse Frog
(Eleutherodactylus planirostris)



Greenhouse Frog by Bob Fewster

Greenhouse Frog by Steve A. Johnson

Greenhouse Frog

Photos by Bob Fewster (upper) and Dr. Steve A. Johnson (UF, lower). Photos may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer. To obtain permission to use photos by Dr. Johnson for educational purposes, email tadpole@ufl.edu.


None known.


Usually 0.6 to 1.25 in.


Plump body is reddish brown; back is marked with splotches or stripes (as shown above). Head may be marked with a dark triangle. Long, thin toes are tipped with tiny toepads, and lack webbing.


May to September; eggs (cluster of up to 20) are laid terrestrially and hatch as fully-formed froglets. Call is an insect-like chirp, like tiny sneakers squeaking on a gymnasium floor. To hear the Greenhouse Frog's call, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup.


Ants, beetles, other tiny invertebrates


Native to Cuba, introduced in other areas of the Caribbean, and in Hawaii and Florida.

Found throughout peninsular Florida, and in isolated areas in the panhandle, in virtually any terrestrial habitat, including both urbanized and natural areas. Breeds in the same habitats where it lives, laying eggs in moist places under cover. 


Greenhouse Frog Range Map

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


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