Last Updated: 7/1/10
I am pretty familiar with green frogs, bullfrogs, spring peepers, gray tree frogs, and American toads. I decided to make a table comparing some of their attributes. I also have pickerel frogs including babies but have never heard them call or seen their eggs so I did not include them in the table at this time..
These are the species of frogs and toads that have laid eggs in my ponds. Most frogs and toads
like shallow water that is still and full of plants and other stuff for their offspring to eat. Frog
eggs are usually on the surface in clumps of jelly while toad eggs are deeper and look like long
black necklaces wrapped around plants, etc. In every case below, the female is significantly
larger than the male with the exception of the bullfrog where the male is the larger sex.
To help narrow down which species you have if you find eggs in a pond, also see the pond egg identification guide.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Adult Size||Adult Color||Time of Year Eggs Laid and Calls Made in USA Zone 6/7||Time of Day Males Call||Sound of Males' Call||Appearance of Eggs|
|American Toad||Bufo americanus||Males 2 inches, females 4 inches||Brown with warts||April to May||Dusk and into the night, sometimes will call during the day||Long trill, brrrrrrr||10 foot long chains of eggs wrapped around plants under water, like black pearl necklaces; deeper than frogs' eggs|
|Bullfrog||Rana catesbeiana||8 inches||Green||Late April to September||Dusk and into the night||Blah, jug-a-rum, sheep bleat||Big clumps under the water|
|Gray Treefrog||Hyla versicolor||2.5 inches||Gray but may be green; bumpy skin||April to July||Dusk and into the night; may call during the day if cloudy||Very loud and deep trill||2 inch circular clumps floating|
|Green Frog||Rana clamitans||3 inches||Green or brown||April to September||Dawn to dusk, sometimes calls at night||Banjo twang||3 to 5 inch oblong clumps right under the surface|
|Spring Peeper||Hyla crucifer||1.5 inches||Brown||Late February to early April||Dusk and into the night||Cricket chirps||2 inch clumps floating|
|Wood Frog||Rana sylvatica||2.5 inches||Brown with black "mask"||Late February to April||Dusk and into the night; some day calling||Duck quack||3 inch circular clumps in floating plants|
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