tiny, cute frogs have arrived

Posted in nature by paulie on July 1, 2009


Some summers a crowd of these will appear, always in exactly the same place near where my mother lives. What kind are they? Are they the froglets of a larger species or will they always be so small, less than ½ inch! I detained one for studio photography and when it was released it chased and ate ants right away despite this abuse. If I find out their name I will append it here.

As of 8 this eve, 7/3,  four of my cognoscenti thought this was an Oak toad, three a Greenhouse frog and two a Southern toad but there was a new call late last night between rains and it sounded like a Greenhouse frog!

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  1. Freckles said, on July 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Looks like a Leopard frog, so tiny and cute. And it’s the right time of year for them, too.

  2. david said, on July 3, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Actually, it looks like an oak toad. They are tiny, reaching about an inch in size when full grown.

  3. Kelly Jones said, on July 5, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I saw your RFI on the FL bird line. It’s a southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris). Greenhouse frog would have a line running the length of it’s back, but it would appear as a very narrow, raised, slightly bumpy, low color contrast line. It would also not possess the well-defined “warts” on dark patches of skin. An oak toad would be colored similarly and show the light stripe down the center of the back as your toad does, but it would be even more well defined, and wouldn’t be interrupted by the “wart” patches. Here’s a link to a photo I took of a young southern toad (R) next to an adult oak toad (L) for comparison (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jNZvEaC2pa8/SjrGgKn4IkI/AAAAAAAABRs/tYZ1Tml0DnM/s1600-h/DSC07294.JPG). Glad you’re paying attention to these great little animals.

  4. Kelly Jones said, on July 5, 2009 at 4:30 am

    I just reread your post on the bird line. Oak toads do not complete their tadpole stage in the egg. They have an aquatic larval stage typical of our other toads. Greenhouse frogs complete their development within the egg.

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