Frogs in Washington (13 Different Species) - (2023)

Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Its diverse ecosystems, including rainforests, estuaries, sand dunes, wetlands, marine waters, dry coniferous forests, and tide pools, make it home to a number of anuran species.

There are thirteen (13) species of toads and frogs in Washington. These include ten (10) frog species and three (3) toad species. This number is out of the 5000+ species of toads and frogs currently known in the world.

Frogs and toads are an important part of our environment, despite their small stature. They eat insects and other small invertebrates that grow up to be household and crop pests.

In turn, they provide food to larger animals up the food chain.

This article lists out the types of toads and frogs in Washington, focusing on the adults, alongside some of their characteristics and behaviors. Some common traits of frogs and toads, and even differences between them, can also be found below, so keep reading.

Anurans are four-legged animals that live both on water and on land and do not have tails. They have widely spaced eyes for clear vision across a wide range. This makes up for their lack of internal ears.

They however have tympana (external ears) and prominent paratoid glands. Their dorsal skin is colored in a hue that matches their surroundings to make them blend in and avoid the attention of terrestrial attackers.

Their ventral skin is usually white or some pale color in order to avoid the attention of some aquatic predators. This is called cryptic adaptation to the environment, involving coloration. Some frogs can change their dorsal color too.

Frogs and toads have webbed feet, with four digits on their forelegs and five on their hindlegs. Toads however have generally shorter legs than frogs, and they walk or crawl. Frogs have longer legs for hopping and jumping.

Also, toads have dry, rough, and warty skin with stockier bodies. The skin of frogs is usually moist and smooth, with their bodies more slender than the bodies of toads.

Both are insectivorous, although some larger species like the bullfrog are large and opportunistic enough to eat smaller frogs and even conspecifics (other frogs of the same species).

Their common predators include fish, larger anurans, larger amphibians and reptiles, birds, raccoons, river otters, and sometimes humans. Toads produce toxins from their skin to ward off predators, while most frogs rely on their adaptive coloration and other techniques.

You will find below their biological families, scientific names, other common names, snout-vent length (SVL), longevity, geographic range, habitats, physical traits, behaviors, mating or advertisement calls, and additional anti-predator mechanisms.

Some of these species are either endangered or nearly endangered, while others are abundant. Still, we human beings must be more careful about how we treat our environment so as to take care of smaller animals and species.

Table of Contents

  1. Frogs in Washington
  2. Toads in Washington
  3. FAQ
  4. Conclusion

Species of Frogs in Washington

1. American Bullfrog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates catesbeianus
  • Other Names: Rana catesbeiana, Bullfrog, North American bullfrog
  • Adult Size: 9 to 15.2 cm (3.5 to 6 in)
  • Lifespan: 7 to 9 years in the wild, up to 16 years in captivity

The bullfrog is native to the eastern part of North America. However, it has been introduced to other places including Europe, Asia, and South America.

It is a largely aquatic species that can be found around still and shallow bodies of water.

Frogs of this species prefer to live around swamps, ponds, marshes, ditches, rivers, and streams with abundant vegetation. They can be found along the banks of streams as well.

This is the largest species of true frog existing in North America. They come in various dorsal colors, in different shades from brown to green, with darker colored blotches on their backs. Their hindlegs are fully webbed and their bellies are white.

Males and female frogs of this species show sexual dimorphism. In males, the tympanum is much larger than the eye, while the eye and external ear are relatively the same sizes, or the ear smaller in females.

Also, the males’ throats are yellow while the females’ throats are white during mating season.

These frogs are active both diurnal and nocturnal. They however prefer warm and humid weather. The time of day does not matter; if it is warm and rainy, bullfrogs are likely to be seen active.

Their call has been described as a low rumbling “jug-o-rum” sound. They eat smaller frogs and frogs of their own species.

Humans also hunt them as a source of frog legs but they face no threat of extinction. Their undesirable taste saves them from predation.

2. Cascades Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Rana cascadae
  • Other Names: N/A
  • Adult Size: 5 to 7.5 cm (1.97 to 2.95 in)
  • Lifespan: up to 3 years in the wild

Cascade frogs occur in the Cascade Range, a mountain range in North America that cuts through parts of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California.

They are a near-threatened species, with populations declining due to pollution and ozone layer depletion. They like to live in shallow ponds, mountain meadows, forests, marshes, or small streams.

They are medium-sized frogs with gold eyes and long legs. They are usually brown, olive-brown, or olive dorsally. They have well-defined spots in darker pigment on their backs.

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The underside of a cascade frog is a lighter color towards the groin and beneath the legs, with mottling around the groin.

This color could be yellow, yellow-orange, or a yellowish tan. The dorsal part of their legs is also spotted in black.

There is a fold on each side of this frog, running along its back. Its toes are not fully webbed and the thumbs are swollen and darkened in males. Females are slightly larger in size.

Cascades frogs are a diurnal species, showing more activity in the daytime. Their mating call is a series of rapid clucks or low-pitched chuckling, each lasting for half a second.

They move slowly but try to swim faster when they sense danger.

3. Coastal Tailed Frog

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  • Family: Ascaphidae/ Leiopelmatidae
  • Scientific Name: Ascaphus truei
  • Other Names: Pacific tailed frog, Western tailed frog
  • Adult Size: 2.2 to 5.1 cm (0.87 to 2.01 in)
  • Lifespan: 2 to 9 years in the wild, record longevity of 14 years

The coastal tailed frog is found in Canada and the USA, in places like British Columbia, California, Washington, and Oregon. There is a different distribution of this species in Idaho and Montana also.

Because they like to live in cold and fast-moving streams, they show some adaptations that are not common among anurans. They have smaller lungs and their toe tips are hard to help them crawl among rocks at the bottom of these streams.

They are small frogs whose dorsal colors are determined by the substrate. They could be tan, chocolate brown, or olive green, and their skin is usually full of bumps. Their toes are slightly webbed and their outer hind toes are flattened.

A coastal-tailed frog’s head is flattened and large in comparison to its body. Between its snout and eyes, there is a light triangular-shaped mark. It also possesses a dark stripe from the snout to each shoulder.

This species of frogs are not vocal, as they lack tympana. Unlike other anurans that show external fertilization, they show internal fertilization. For copulation, they have a short and tail-like organ, hence their name.

Males and females are different in that males are slightly smaller than females. Males also develop black horny pads on their thighs to grip females in the breeding season, in amplexus.

They are more diurnal than nocturnal. Coastal-tailed frogs do not communicate by calls. This is because they lack the tongues, vocal sacs, ear bones, and tympana that help them make sounds and sense vibrations.

4. Columbia Spotted Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Rana luteiventris
  • Other Names: N/A
  • Adult Size: 4.6 to 10 cm (1.81 to 2.94 in)
  • Lifespan: 3 to 13 years in the wild

Another species of frog in Washington is the Columbia spotted frog. Other places in North America where they occur include Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.

Preferred habitats for frogs of this species are still and slow-moving freshwater bodies. As a result of this preference, they are mostly found in ponds and lakes and along slow-moving streams.

A Columbia spotted frog is of average size. Its back could be tan, brown, or olive green in color. Dark and irregularly shaped spots are scattered across its back, legs, and sides. The underbelly of this frog is white, off-white, or yellow.

Along its upper lip is a yellowish or white line. It has a narrow snout, shorter legs, and webbed feet. It has rough dorsal folds on its skin.

It is a diurnal species of frog. Its call is low in pitch and sounds much like rapid knocking or clucking.

When threatened or attacked, it is able to startle its predator with an alarm call which is a 6-second shriek.

5. Green Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates clamitans
  • Other Names: Rana clamitans, bronze frog, brown frog, cow frog
  • Adult Size: 7.5 to 12.5 cm (2.95 to 4.92 in)
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years in captivity

The green frog can be found along slow-moving streams and rivers. Individuals are typically found around water but they may move into meadows and wooded areas when the rains come.

The dorsal coloration of these frogs is mostly green, yellow-green, brown, brownish-green, or olive, with some rare blue ones. They have irregular dark spots on their backs, transverse bands on their legs, and yellow or white bellies.

Their toes are very webbed. Frogs of this species have quite large external ears. The tympana are much larger than the eye in males and the same size as the eye in females. Males can also be distinguished by their bright yellow throats.

Green frogs are mainly solitary. They are both nocturnal and diurnal.

Their mating call is a twang that sounds like a plucked banjo string. Other calls they use include aggressive calls, release calls, alert calls, and advertisement calls.

To avoid predators, these frogs employ their excellent vision. They quickly detect their attackers and run away. They sometimes employ mimicry by living around mink frogs, which they look like.

Mink frogs taste bad because they secrete foul-tasting liquid when eaten, but green frogs do not. In order to not be eaten by their hunters, they take advantage of this resemblance, occurring alongside mink frogs sometimes.

6. Northern Leopard Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates pipiens
  • Other Names: Rana pipiens, grass frog, meadow frog
  • Adult Size: 5 to 11.5 cm (1.97 to 4.5 in)
  • Lifespan: up to 9 years in the wild

This true (ranid) frog species is native to regions of Canada and the United States.

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It is common in Minnesota and Vermont and is their state amphibian. It is also found in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.

Northern leopard frogs like to live around permanent, slow-moving water with aquatic vegetation. They live in marshlands, brushlands, and forests. They move far from the water when it is not the breeding season, and they prefer open spaces to woodlands.

Individuals are typically colored green, greenish-brown, or yellow-green dorsally. They have smooth skin covered in large oval spots. Each spot is bordered by a halo of a lighter hue.

On their bellies, the color is usually white or cream. There are two distinct ridges on the back of the northern leopard frog, running along each side. Males are mostly smaller than females, possessing large thumb pads and dual vocal sacs.

They migrate to ponds during spring to breed and then leave for grasslands or meadows in the summer. They are more active at night when breeding and more active during the day when foraging.

The call of a northern leopard frog is a short snoring sound. In addition to insects and their larvae, this frog eats smaller frogs. It avoids its predators by leaping away quickly and blending into the vegetative environment.

These frogs avoid their predators by taking advantage of their likeness to pickerel frogs, living around them to avoid being eaten. This is because although northern leopard frogs are not poisonous, pickerel frogs are.

7. Oregon Spotted Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Rana pretiosa
  • Other Names: N/A
  • Adult Size: 4.5 to 10 cm (1.8 to 3.94 in)
  • Lifespan: about 3 years

This aquatic frog species is native and endemic to the Pacific Northwest and the Cascade Mountains. These frogs are found in Canada and the USA. They have been listed as a vulnerable species, with populations decreasing.

Oregon spotted frogs live in wetlands, breed in shallow ponds with grasses, and hibernate in streams and springs. There are three localities of this frog in British Columbia, four in Washington, and about twenty-four in Oregon.

Dorsal coloration may likely be brown, reddish-brown, or red. This dorsal skin on the back and sides of the frog is covered in tubercles and bumps. There are large black spots on the back, legs, and sides as well.

The large dots are irregularly shaped, with edges indistinct and the middle of the dot colored lighter than these edges. Ventral coloration towards the groin and beneath the hindlegs is usually a reddish-orange or salmon colored.

This species of frog have relatively short hind legs. The toes of their hind legs are webbed extensively. There is a size disparity between the sexes, as females are much bigger than males.

Oregon spotted frogs are nocturnal. Their call is a series of 5 to 50 rapid notes that sound like tapping. They are a rare and vulnerable species probably due to urbanization, habitat alteration and loss, predators, introduced competitors, and drainage of habitat.

8. Pacific Chorus Frog

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  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Pseudacris regilla
  • Other Names: Northern Pacific tree frog, Pacific tree frog
  • Adult Size: 1.9 to 5 cm (0.75 to 2 in)
  • Lifespan: N/A

Pacific chorus frogs inhabit Mexico, Canada, and the US. They can be found in some US states other than Washington, such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah.

As their name suggests, they are found in the Pacific Northwest area of North America, but unlike the name may suggest, they live on land. They live in dense vegetation, especially around ponds, springs, swamps, streams, and several other damp places.

On the head of an individual of this species, a distinct Y-shaped mark is noticed, between the eyes. It has black spots on its dorsal skin and legs. Black stripes are also noticed, starting each one from the shoulder and through each of the eyes.

Although largely terrestrial, they are biologically adapted for climbing. The ends of their toes have sticky circular disks on them. Female frogs are larger than their male conspecifics.

Dorsally, each individual pacific chorus frog is colored differently from others and is colored in various hues itself. Coloration is however usually any shade from lime green to brown. Their skins can change shade depending on humidity and temperature.

They are nocturnal frogs. Their call is a deep and loud croak, a rapid “cree-creek”.

They can change color and this helps them camouflage from predators, but they cannot willingly change their dorsal coloration to match their surroundings.

9. Red-legged Frog

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  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Rana aurora
  • Other Names: Northern Red-legged Frog
  • Adult Size: 5 to 13 cm (2 to 5.25 in)
  • Lifespan: up to 15 years in captivity

Red-legged frogs are native to Oregon and California. There are also individuals in British Columbia, Canada, and in the foothills of the Cascades.

They occur around the banks of still or slow-moving ponds and streams. They like to have vegetation to provide cover for the frogs from predation, the heat of the sun, and the cold of winter.

There are two subspecies: Rana aurora aurora (Northern red-legged frog) and Rana aurora draytonii (California red-legged frog).

The dorsal color of this species is usually reddish brown or gray, with several undefined splotches on their backs in a darker color. There is a light stripe on their jaw and folds on their back and sides.

The ventral color is yellow, with streaks of red on the ventral part of the lower abdomen and back limbs. Their toes are not fully webbed. Differences exist between the subspecies.

The northern subspecies lack vocal sacs while the California species have paired vocal sacs. Northern red-legged frogs have smooth, thin, and unspotted skin. On the other hand, California red-legged frogs are bigger and have rougher skin with light-centered spots on it.

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Differences exist between sexes as well. Females grow to a larger size than males do. Males have larger forearms and swollen thumbs.

They are diurnal frogs, showing the most activity in the daytime. As a response to an attack by a predator, these frogs flee into the water, swimming to its depths.

This serves as an anti-predator technique.

10. Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog

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  • Family: Ascaphidae/ Leiopelmatidae
  • Scientific Name: Ascaphus montanus
  • Other Names: N/A
  • Adult Size: 3.8 to 5.7 cm (1.5 to 2.24 in)
  • Lifespan: 7 or 8 years up to 15 to 20 years

The rocky mountain-tailed frog is endemic to the United States and Canada. It is native to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. It is found in the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia Mountains.

This frog inhabits small, high-gradient, and fast-flowing mountain streams. It prefers permanent forested streams with clear, cold water, cobble or boulder substrate, and little silt.

Their bodies could be reddish brown, brown, or olive-gray with spots on them in yellow or gray. Their skin is a granulated texture and they have a dark stripe on each eye. Ventral color is cream, white, or a pinkish pallor.

Rocky mountain-tailed frogs lack external eardrums. Males have a tear-shaped organ, the “tail”, for copulation and internal fertilization of eggs. Only this species and coastal-tailed frogs fertilize their eggs internally.

They are nocturnal and most active in humid weather. When the weather is not humid, they remain underwater, hiding under rocks or debris.

Because they do not possess vocal sacs and do not vocalize, there are no mating calls in this species.

Species of Toads in Washington

11. Great Basin Spadefoot

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  • Family: Scaphiopodidae
  • Scientific Name: Scaphiopus intermontana
  • Other Names: Spea intermontana, Great Basin spadefoot toad
  • Adult Size: 3.2 to 6.7 cm (1.26 to 2.64 in)
  • Lifespan: 11 to 13 years in the wild

Great Basin spadefoots are found in California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. They are adapted for living in xeric conditions.

These toads are found in deserts, semi-desert shrublands, dunes, scrub forests, mountains, and other dry areas. They are able to survive in these areas by burying themselves in the burrowing-friendly loose soils of these habitats.

Dark spots with their center more brightly colored can be seen on the dorsal skin of a Great Basin spadefoot. This skin is typically gray, brown, or olive in color. There is also an hourglass-shaped marking on its back which is outlined in gray.

Its underbelly is white, creamy, or light gray and it lacks markings. In comparison to the skin on the backs of true toads, the skin on the back of this species is smooth. Small bumps can still be found on it, however.

These toads have a dark brown or orange spot on each of their upper eyelids. They have large and cat-like eyes with vertical pupils. Their limbs and body are short, fat, and stubby.

Like other species of spadefoot toads, this one has a spade-like tubercle under each hindleg for burrowing. Females tend to be slightly larger in size than males.

Breeding does not take place at a particular time of each year for Great Basin spadefoot toads, but their calls, which are duck-like snoring sounds, are loud and used to attract females for mating. They are primarily nocturnal but they also show activity early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

12. Western Toad

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  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Scientific Name: Anaxyrus boreas
  • Other Names: Bufo boreas, alkali toad, boreal toad, California toad, Southern California toad
  • Adult Size: 5.6 to 13 cm (2.2 to 5.1 in)
  • Lifespan: 9 to 11 years

The species called western toad is another species is toad in Washington.

These toads are found in other states of the US like Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. They also occur in British Columbia, Canada, and parts of Mexico.

This species of toads prefer to live in mountainous areas and have been found in elevations as high as or higher than 10,000 feet.

They can also occupy desert streams and springs, mountain meadows, and grasslands. They are found in or near ponds, streams, lakes, and rivers.

Dorsal coloration is usually a dusky gray or greenish hue. A stripe runs down its back, and this line is white or cream in color. Black or dark-colored splotches can be noticed on the dorsal surface of the toads.

Their paratoid glands are oval and widely spaced. They are larger than the toad’s upper eyelids. Cranial crests are absent in this species.

Ventral coloration is white and the surface is mottled. Males and females are slightly different. Males have smoother skin, fewer blotches on their backs, and nuptial pads on their toes for gripping the females during the breeding season.

The dorsal skin of female western toads is rougher in texture than that of the males. They have many blotches on their skin and lack nuptial pads on their toes. These toads are nocturnal.

The call of this toad species is quite peeping likened to the sound of little chicks. Like other frogs, their anti-predator mechanism is the poison produced by their paratoid glands and warts on their skin.

13. Woodhouse’s Toad

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  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Scientific Name: Anaxyrus woodhousii
  • Other Names: Bufo woodhousii, rocky mountain toad
  • Adult Size: 4.4 to 12.7 cm (1.75 to 5 in)
  • Lifespan: maximum longevity of 13 years

Woodhouse’s toads are found in several populations in states of the US like Arizona, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and North Dakota. They also occur in Mexico.

They live in different habitats — temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent water bodies. Moist meadows, ponds, irrigation ditches, temporary pools, grasslands, farms, desert streams, and even golf courses house these toads.

Their dorsal skin is usually colored gray, brown, olive, green, yellow-green, or yellow, and it has dark blotches on it. A dorsolateral stripe running up to their snout is present in white or whitish color.

Ventrally, Woodhouse’s toads are pale cream or beige, and individuals may have their bellies mottled or not. Black and yellow marks can be noticed towards the ventral groin and thigh areas.

These toads are large and have warts on their skin. They have prominent cranial crests. Sometimes, a protrusion touching the separate paratoid glands can be noticed between these cranial crests.

They are nocturnal, showing most activity at night, but can be sometimes seen moving around in the daytime when they are not underground. Not much activity is noticed from them in the winter and so it is speculated that they hibernate.

Their call sounds like a sheep bleating but muted, or a snore. It typically lasts 1-4 seconds. These toads move slowly, walking or crawling with short hops. Their defense mechanism is the poisonous secretions from their skin that deter predators.


What frogs in Washington state are poisonous?

There are no poisonous frogs in the state of Washington. However, northern leopard frogs and green frogs may be confused for poisonous frogs.

The mink frog, which tastes bad, is mimicked by green frogs. Northern leopard frogs bear a semblance to the poisonous pickerel frog species.

What type of frogs are most commonly found in Washington state ponds?

The Pacific chorus frog, also commonly known as the Pacific tree frog, is the most commonly found and widespread species of frog in Washington state. They are usually found around small ponds in the breeding season.


Washington’s thirteen (13) anuran species have various traits, looks, and behaviors. This beauty in diversity adds to the thrill of nighttime in nature and benefits to the ecosystem.

Most adult frogs and toads are solitary until the breeding season. During this time, they are found in large groups around bodies of water. This is because fertilization is external except in “tailed” frogs.

Males usually take a breeding chorus and call out to females. These females sense the vibrations and meet the males to mate.

The males grasp the females from behind (amplexus) and they both release sperm and eggs, respectively, into the water.

When fertilized, the eggs go through a three-stage metamorphosis. From eggs, they turn to larvae (tadpoles) and then grow into adults. Young adults are sometimes called toadlets. Little to no parental care is usually shown.

The breeding season is usually from spring to fall. In the winter, most frogs and toads go into hibernation. When in hibernation, they reduce their body heat and stay in an inactive state so they don’t have to move around looking for food and warmth.

Hibernation is a coping mechanism for the winter, and aestivation is a coping mechanism for the summer. Some frogs and toads will bury themselves underground in extreme heat to avoid desiccation (drying up).

Anurans are fascinating animals and they make good first pets as long as they are not poisonous. They are small, affordable to purchase, and easy to take care of. Some also live long.

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How do I know what kind of frogs I have? ›

Telling the two types of treefrogs apart should be easy - the California Treefrog only occurs in southern California, has bumpy skin, is usually found along rocky creeks, and does not have a dark stripe through the eye, while the Pacific Treefrog has a dark eye stripe and smooth skin.

How many species frogs are there? ›

There are over 5,000 species of known frogs, and scientists continue to discover new species. Frog species come in a variety of sizes and colors. They can be found in a variety of habitats on every continent except Antarctica.

What kind of tree frogs live in Washington State? ›

The Pacific treefrog and the bullfrog are the only 2 frogs you can easily hear croaking in Washington State. The Pacfic treefrog is smaller in size than a chicken egg and may be shades or green or brown. The Pacific treefrog can change color rapidly from light to dark.

What does it mean when a frog visits you? ›

Among the many meanings associated with this small critter are abundance, well-being, financial success, and good fortune. Because of this, it's a favorable omen when a frog shows up in your life. So that people don't get terrified, you should let others understand what it means when you see a frog.

What is the rarest color frog? ›

Frogs come in three colors, which are green, brown, and yellow; green frogs are the most common and yellow frogs are the rarest.

How many species of frogs are there 2022? ›

The AmphibiaWeb database currently contains 8,489 amphibian species (Sep 24, 2022) , of which 7,500 are frogs and toads, 774 are newts and salamanders, and 215 are caecilians. New species are discovered every year, and the total number of species continues to grow.

What is the rarest species of frog? ›

Archey's frog is the world's most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered amphibian species.

What frogs are in Western Washington? ›

Coastal Tailed Frog

Coastal Tailed Frogs are found in western Washington, from the Olympics to the Cascades.

How do you tell if a frog is a tree frog? ›

While some reach 10 cm (4 in) or more, they are typically smaller and more slender than terrestrial frogs. Tree frogs typically have well-developed discs at the finger and toe tips; the fingers and toes themselves, as well as the limbs, tend to be rather small, resulting in a superior grasping ability.

How do I identify tree frogs? ›

California Treefrogs are small frogs with enlarged toe tips, but they do not have a dark stripe through each eye. Their color varies, but not as much as the other treefrogs found in California, and you don't typically find them in bright green or reds. Mostly they are pale with some dark markings.

Do frogs come back to the same pond every year? ›

Amphibians tend to return to the same pond each year – it's likely there used to be a pond present which the animals are looking for. Amphibians migrate to ponds in spring, often returning to areas where they spawned in previous years.

What attracts frogs to a pond? ›

Frogs like damp, cool spots and therefore need access to areas nearby the pond where they can hide away from the sun and potential predators. Give them places to hide by creating messy areas full of leaves, log piles and vegetation.

Is it good to have frogs in your pond? ›

Frogs are incredibly beneficial creatures to have in your garden because they eat thousands of insects. One of the most important things you can do to welcome them into your pond is to go organic. Chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides are all poisonous to frogs.

Can frogs recognize you? ›

Apart from recognizing you as the source of food, your frog may recognize your voice. Research has found that certain species of frogs can learn and remember the voices of their animal neighbors, which enables them to steer clear of territorial males.

What attracts frogs to your house? ›

Generally, frogs are attracted to people's homes because of the presence of humidity created by water features, leaky hoses, sprinklers, damp decks, plants, and swimming pools on their property. Toads may also accidentally fall into window wells when attracted to a home.

What does it mean when you have a lot of frogs in your yard? ›

A large frog population in your yard may indicate that you also have an insect or moisture problem, because frogs will not congregate in an area without ample food and water. Some frogs may be poisonous to pets, and frogs can attract snakes who prey on them.

What frog has hallucinogenic? ›

The drug comes from a rare species of toad native to the Sonoran Desert, Bufo Alvarius, which produces a venom known as 5-MeO-DMT: an extremely potent natural psychedelic.

Why did my frog turn blue? ›

The blue variation is extremely rare. In very general terms, the blue morph is the result of a missing color pigment present in normally-colored frogs of the species. It has been estimated that approximately 1 to 2 percent of green frogs are affected with this condition, though this is probably high.

Are Rainbow frogs real? ›

The Malagasy rainbow frog (Scaphiophryne gottlebei) may well be the most decorated of all Madagascan frogs, hence why it is also known as the painted burrowing frog. With its unique black, white red and green pattern this species is found in the rocky canyons of the Isalo Massif, in Isalo National Park.

Which state has the most frogs? ›

The amphibian diversity is highest in the southeast United States with Virginia having 70 species. Reptile diversity is higher in the southwest with Texas having 139 species.

Are there 4000 kinds of frogs? ›

Frogs are the most successful amphibians by far. There are over 4,000 species of frogs living on every continent except Antarctica!

What is the newest frog? ›

What he found turned out to be a new species, a tiny green tree frog that has been named Tlalocohyla celeste. Scientists think the Tapir Valley tree frog may be critically endangered.

How rare is a purple frog? ›

Only 135 individuals of this species are known, of which only 3 are females. The major threat to it is habitat loss due to human encroachment. The purple frog benefits indirectly from WWF-India's wider conservation work in the Western Ghats - Nilgiris Landscape.

What is the most poisonous frog on earth? ›

The golden poison frog is the most poisonous animal on the planet; these frogs produce deadly alkaloid batrachotoxins in their skin glands as a defense against predators.

What's the most common frog? ›

The farthest west it can be found is Ireland. It is also found in Asia, and eastward to Japan. The nominative, and most common, subspecies Rana temporaria temporaria is a largely terrestrial frog native to Europe.
Common frog
Species:R. temporaria
Binomial name
Rana temporaria Linnaeus, 1758
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Are pink frogs real? ›

Pink Frogs (Lipstick Frogs) Do Not Exist.

How can u tell if a frog is poisonous? ›

Animal Jam - Ask Brady: How can you tell if a frog is poisonous? - YouTube

How poisonous are GREY tree frogs? ›

Safety Tip: This species of frog produces a toxic skin secretion that can cause extreme discomfort to the eyes, lips, mucus lining of the nose, or open cuts and abrasions. Careful hand washing is advised for anyone after handling gray treefrogs.

Are Pacific tree frogs poisonous? ›

Are Pacific Tree Frogs Poisonous? If you've found a Pacific tree frog and you want to home it, but you are scared of it being dangerous, then you will be pleased to know that they are not poisonous to humans or pets.

Are tree frogs good to have around? ›

Both frogs and toads are beneficial to the garden because they feed on many pests such as, bugs, beetles, caterpillars, cutworms, grasshoppers, grubs, slugs, and a variety of other pests. A single frog can eat over 100 insects in one night.

What happens if you touch a tree frog? ›

The only risks these amphibians pose on humans are skin irritations caused by the toxins in their skin, skin allergies, and salmonella transmission that can result in stomach sickness. However, handling a tree frog is not advised unless necessary.

What time of day do tree frogs come out? ›

They are nocturnal and come out in early evenings to call (in spring and summer) and hunt at night. During the day they find cool, dark, and moist areas to sleep. During winter, Green Tree Frogs do not call and are not usually seen. Depending on their location, Green Tree Frogs occupy various habitats.

What color tree frogs are poisonous? ›

Are green tree frogs and gray tree frogs poisonous? Yes, some green tree frogs and gray tree frogs are poisonous, but not deadly to humans.

What month do tree frogs come out? ›

Tree Frogs generally come out of hibernation in early Spring after the frost melts, aquatic frogs once ponds are no longer frozen, and toads come out once the soil is warm enough.

Is there an app to identify frogs? ›

Launched on Nov. 10, FrogID is an iOS and Android app that can identify local frog species by the sound they make. Chirps, ribbits, peeps, whistles, and croaks heard in backyards, creeks and wetlands can be recorded and uploaded to the app.

Should I pour water on a frog? ›


Do frog ponds attract snakes? ›

Frog ponds may attract snakes, skinks and other reptiles. It is best to practice caution and be aware of these creatures' presence while accessing the backyard. Consider covering the pond top with mesh or wire-fencing the pond to safeguard children.

What eats frogs in a pond? ›

Frog predators include birds like herons, crows, and ducks; reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and alligators; big game fish including bass and muskellunge; small mammals from skunks and foxes, to raccoons, otters, and monkeys; as well as water bugs, other frogs, and humans.

How long will frogs stay in my pond? ›

The majority of breeding Common Frogs and Common Toads will not stay around the pond area for more than a few weeks.

What kills pond frogs? ›

Frogs die when they are dehydrated. Make a mixture of salt and water and spray frogs directly or spread salt around the area where they live. Be careful of plants, however. Salt can also cause plants to turn brown and die.

Will frogs eat fish in a pond? ›

As a general rule, frogs eat smaller fish, and frog tadpoles eat decaying fish, their eggs, and larve. Preying on smaller fish is especially popular for large frogs that live in water with them. However, larger fish, especially big game fish like Snook, Pike and Bass also prey on frogs.

Do frogs like clean or dirty water? ›

Cleaned and filtered water including bottled, boiled, filtered, well, reverse-osmosis and distilled water need to have minerals including calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate reintroduced to them, and a PH balance between 6.5 and 7.5 to be considered safe for frogs.

Can frogs eat mice? ›

Frogs are carnivorous, which means they eat other animals. Small frogs eat insects, worms and snails. Some species eat small fish. Larger frog species eat small reptiles and mammals, like mice and lizards.

Do frogs drink pond water? ›

Do frogs drink water? Frogs do not drink like we do; they absorb water directly through their skin in an area known as the 'drinking patch' located on their belly and the underside of their thighs.

Is there an app to identify frogs? ›

Launched on Nov. 10, FrogID is an iOS and Android app that can identify local frog species by the sound they make. Chirps, ribbits, peeps, whistles, and croaks heard in backyards, creeks and wetlands can be recorded and uploaded to the app.

How do you identify a poisonous frog? ›

Animal Jam - Ask Brady: How can you tell if a frog is poisonous? - YouTube

What does a rare frog look like? ›

Rarest Frog in the World? - YouTube

What do common frogs look like? ›

Common frogs have smooth skin that varies in colour from grey, olive green and yellow to brown. They have irregular dark blotches, a dark stripe around their eyes and eardrum, and dark bars on their legs. They are able to lighten or darken their skin to match their surroundings.

How does the frog app work? ›

Frog is an instant video messaging app where real friends share stories together. At Frog, there are no filters, no fakes, only real life and feelings. Video Stories are called 'SUPs' here on Frog. Like making a sequel to a movie, friends can continue your SUPs by adding Sequel videos.

How do you tell if a frog is a bullfrog? ›

Bullfrogs are most accurately identified by: golden eyes and a large tympanum (eardrum) located just behind the eye. Bullfrogs often have black polka dots on the top of the head and body, blotchy striping on the legs, and a whitish underside with gray mottling.

How do you tell if it's a toad or frog? ›

Frogs have long legs, longer than their head and body, which are made for hopping. Toads, on the other hand, have much shorter legs and prefer to crawl around rather than hop. Frogs have smooth, somewhat slimy skin. Toads have dry, warty skin.

Which frogs are poisonous to touch? ›

The golden poison frog or Phyllobates terribilis is not just the most poisonous frog but the deadliest animal in the world. Just touching it can be toxic and dangerous. It produces toxins that can kill up to 20,000 mice or 10 humans at once.

Are yard frogs poisonous? ›

Technically speaking, all frogs are poisonous. Most, however, are not harmful to humans and some are barely harmful to animals. We learned at the beginning of this post that some scientists call these toxins “bio-toxin” or “natural toxins” because they're produced by living creatures (frogs).

Can touching a frog hurt you? ›

Human hands have natural salts and oils that can irritate a frog's skin, so handling the animals with dry hands can cause severe problems for them, even death, said Devin Edmonds of Madison, Wis. Edmonds is the author of “Frogs and Toads,” a handbook for pet owners released in March by TFH Publications Inc.

What frog has hallucinogenic? ›

The drug comes from a rare species of toad native to the Sonoran Desert, Bufo Alvarius, which produces a venom known as 5-MeO-DMT: an extremely potent natural psychedelic.

What attracts frogs to your house? ›

Generally, frogs are attracted to people's homes because of the presence of humidity created by water features, leaky hoses, sprinklers, damp decks, plants, and swimming pools on their property. Toads may also accidentally fall into window wells when attracted to a home.

What attracts frogs to your backyard? ›

Frogs like to feed on all sorts of insects including roaches, grasshoppers, and moths. Consider adding some sort of fountain in your garden to attract the frogs. The sound of running water may entice the frogs to investigate your garden. You may want to also build a small pond in your yard.

What do frogs do at night? ›

Frogs that can camouflage themselves from predators prefer to find a spot to hide and rest in during the day. At night, they can safely come out and hunt, socialize, and search for mates. The majority of frog species use camouflage as their main defense mechanism, so they are mostly nocturnal or crepuscular.


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