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Barking Frog Eleutherodactylus augusti


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Barking Frog
credit: J. N. Stuart/CCSA

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Family: Leptodactylidae, Leptodactylid Frogs view all from this family

Description Tan-green with dark spots. Shape similar to a toad. Dorsolateral folded skin on back.

Dimensions 6.4-9.5cm. (2 1/2-3 3/4")

Subspecies Balcones - Brown with markings on hind leg. Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Western - Olive/gray. Hind legs have markings. S. Arizona and Mexico.

Voice Throaty sound similar to barking.

Breeding February-May. Eggs laid in moist soil under stones and rocks. Develops into tadpole in egg, hatches as a frog.

Habitat Limestone caves with recurring rain.

Range New Mexico, Texas, s. Arizona into Tehuantepec Mexico.

Discussion Nocturnal. Body held off the ground when walking. Can inflate to 7 times its normal size when threatened. Uses skin on underside to help climb.