Louisiana Frog and Toad Species and Calls

Species Sound Information & Ranges

American Toad (Bufo americanus)

The American toad is found in the northwestern portion of the Florida parishes and possibly in northern Louisiana.

 

NW Florida Parishes 

Late Winter, Spring

 

Barking treefrog (Hayla gratiosa

The barking treefrog has a call that is similar to that of the green treefrog but is lower-pitched and somewhat muted, more of a "toonk" than a "quank".  

Florida Parishes

Spring-Summer

Bird Voiced Treefrog (Hyla avivoca)

The bird-voiced treefrog is found primarily in the Florida parishes but also at a few localities in the Red and Tensas river bottoms. So they may be discovered at new localities in the western part of the state. This species’ whistling call is heard in spring and summer.

Florida Parishes

Spring-Summer

Bronze Forg (Rana clamitans)

The bronze frog is found just about everywhere in the state. It calls during the spring and summer and says "tunk" and "tunk, tunk, tunk".

Statewide

Spring-Summer

 

Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

Bullfrogs call throughout the state in spring and summer. Most people are familiar with the bullfrog’s deep, rolling "oua-oua-ronh" call. 

Statewide

Spring-Summer

Common Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

 

Virtually identical in appearance Cope's gray treefrog and the common gray treefrog may be distinguished by their calls which differ in pitch and frequency. The common gray treefrog, or simply gray treefrog (since it is definitely the less common of the two), has the slower, lower-pitched trill of the two species.

Statewide

Spring-Summer

Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)

 

Cope’s gray treefrog gives a higher-pitched and faster trill than the Common which sounds like a short blast on a police whistle. 

Statewide

Spring-Summer

Cricket Frog (Northern) (Acris crepitans)

Cricket frogs sound like two pebbles being struck together. Northern cricket frogs occur statewide.
 

Statewide

Spring-Summer

 

Cricket Frog (Southern) (Acris gryllus)

 

The southern cricket frog is found in the Florida parishes. Its clicking has a somewhat more erratic rhythm than that of the northern cricket frog.

Florida Parishes

Spring-Summer

Dusky Gopher Frog (Rana sevosa)

 

The dusky gopher frog is very rare in the southeastern Florida parishes. It breeds in winter and early spring and sounds very much like the crawfish frog.

SE Florida Parishes

Swinter, Early-Spring

Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)

 

The tiny eastern narrow-mouthed toad is found statewide and calls in the late spring and summer. It sounds like a weak version of Woodlouse’s toad or like some kind of electric buzzer.

Statewide

Late-Spring, Summer

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

 

Green treefrogs call during spring and summer throughout the state. Green treefrog calls have been described as like banging on a cowbell with a stick or as the repeated word "quank".

Statewide

Spring-Summer

Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactyus planirostris)

The greenhouse frog is native to the Caribbean region but has been introduced and become established in the New Orleans area and several other metropolitan areas of the state. Its chirping call is rather cricket-like.

New Orleans Area

Spring-Summer

Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps)

 

The gulf coast toad call may be described as a low-pitched, unmusical trill, or, a prolonged, low-pitched rattle.

Southern La.

Late-Spring, Summer

Oak Toad (Bufo quercicus)

 

Oak toads are found in the Florida parishes (primarily in pine woods). Their peeps are heard in the Spring and Summer and sound like baby chicks.

Florida Parishes

Late-Spring, Summer

Ornate Chorus Frog (Pseudacris ornata)

 

The ornate chorus frog is very rare in the southeastern Florida parishes. A winter breeder, its peeps have a sharp quality, like a chisel striking metal.

SE Florida Parishes

Winter

Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris)

 

Pickerel frogs are found in north Louisiana and the Florida parishes and call in winter and early spring. Their call is barely audible, mid-range snore.

Northern & Florida Parishes

Winter, Early-Spring

Pig Frog (Rana gylio)

 

The pig frog calls from permanent water in the southern part of the state. Pig frogs call in a rhythm similar to bronze frogs but the pig frog, as the name suggests, makes deep, powerful grunts.

Southern

Spring-Summer

Pine Woods Treefrog (Hyla femoralis)

 

The pine woods treefrog is another Florida parishes frog whose call has an erratic rhythm. It has been compared to a riveting machine or a telegrapher.

Florida Parishes

Spring-Summer

Southern Crawfish Frog (Rana areolata)

The southern crawfish frog is found west of the Mississippi River in Louisiana and calls in winter and early spring. Its call is a deep snore.

West of Miss. River

Winter, Early-Spring

Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala)

The southern leopard frog breeds throughout the state during the winter. The leopard frog’s call is a low-pitched, guttural chuckle.

Statewide

Winter

Spadefoot Toad (Scaphiopus holbrooki)

Spadefoot toads are found in areas with sandy soil in northern Louisiana and the Florida parishes. They breed primarily in the spring but almost always right after torrential rains. The spadefoot toad’s bizarre call has been likened to the sound of someone with severe gastrointestinal distress; a sudden deep "mwaaah"

Northern & Florida Parishes

Spring

Spring Peepers (Hyla crucifer)

In Louisiana, spring peepers begin calling in late fall and continue throughout the winter. Spring peepers are found statewide and their peep rises slightly in pitch at the end.

Statewide

Late-Fall, Winter

Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella)

Squirrel treefrogs are more widely distributed in the southern part of the state and call in spring and summer. Squirrel treefrogs repeat the word "rank".

Most of state

Spring-Summer

Strecker's Chorus Frog (Pseudacris streckeri)

Strecker’s chorus frog is found in the extreme northwestern part of Louisiana, near Shreveport. Its call, heard in winter and early spring, sounds like a turning squeaky wheel.

Shreveport area

Winter, Early-Spring

Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata feriarum)

The upland chorus frog (not necessarily an upland species) is primarily a winter breeding species found statewide. Its creaking call has been compared to thumbing the teeth of a stiff comb.

Statewide

Late-Fall, Early-Spring

Woodhouse's Toad (Bufo woodhousei)

Woodhouse’s toad calls during the spring and summer throughout the state. Its fast, harsh trill is perhaps best described as a robust scream.

Statewide

Spring-Summer