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Crawfish Frog Rana areolata


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Crawfish Frog
credit: Stanley Trauth

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Family: Ranidae, True Frogs view all from this family

Description Yellow-brown with white ventral surface. Dark brown spots on back that each has a light colored ring around it. Distinct skin fold on either side of their back, which are much more pronounced in males than females, and a relatively small tympanum.

Dimensions 5.7-11.4cm. (2 1/4-4 1/2")

Subspecies Southern - Same spots, white chest, smooth back. Texas through Louisiana, Arkansas & Oklahoma.
Northern - Similar spots, white chest, rough back. Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana & Mississippi.

Voice Gutteral snore. Sometimes louder when rains.

Breeding Mid winter-spring. Eggs laid in shallow water. Hatch after 12 days. Takes up to 2 years to morph into frogs.

Habitat Pine scrub, meadows, ephemeral ponds.

Range Indiana west to Nebraska, south to Texas and east to Mississippi.

Discussion Nocturnal. Travels far to reach breeding ponds. Rarely seen far from their burrow outside of breeding season. Normally inhabits an abandoned rodent burrow. Eats anything it can catch, including other, smaller, frogs.