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Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers, Cricket Frogs, and Narrow-mouthed Frogs

Adults are small and mostly under 1 1/2 inches long with moist to nearly dry skin; most of these have tiny toe pads but they are much smaller than toe pads found on the larger treefrogs. Plain-colored individuals of our four kinds of chorus frogs (upland, midland, mountain, and the spring peeper) can be notoriously difficult to identify. 

Click on each frog/toad for more detailed information.

 
Upland Chrous Frog
 
  • Usually has 3 narrow dark stripes on the back (often broken up into rows of spots)
  • Breeding choruses can be heard day and night from January or February through mid-April
  • Scattered late fall-winter calling by individual males on warm afternoons
Midland Chorus Frog
 

Midland Chorus Frog 

  • Usually with 3 broad dark stripes on the back
  • Some adults are plain colored
  • Breeding choruses can be heard day and night from January or February through mid-April
  • Scattered late fall-winter calling by individual on warm afternoons.

Spring Peeper
 

Spring Peeper

  • Usually with a narrow dark X-shaped mark on the back
  • Toe pads seem slightly larger than those of the other chorus frogsoe pads seem slightly larger than those of the other chorus frogs
  • Some adults are plain-colored
  • Breeding choruses are heard both day and night, mostly from February through June
  • here is also scattered late fall-winter calling by individual males on warm afternoons.here is also scattered late fall-winter calling by individual males on warm afternoons

Mountain Chorus Frog
 

Mountain Chorus Frog 

  • Sometimes with a pair of broad dark outward-facing crescent markings on the back and a dark backwards-facing triangle between the eyes
  • Skin often slightly granular in appearance
  • Many adults are plain-colored above 
  • Small groups of males form breeding choruses in temporary pools, road ruts, and shallow ditches both day and night mostly from February through July
  • Also scattered January calling on warm afternoons.

Eastern Narrowmouth Toad
 

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Frog 

  • Has a tiny pointed head, short stubby legs, and skin fold across the back just behind the eyes are distinctive
  • Breeding choruses can be heard both day and night from mid-May through August
  • ften heard calling from wet meadows following summer afternoon rains. ften heard calling from wet meadows following summer afternoon rains

Northern Cricket Frog
 

Northern Cricket Frog 

  • Has very large hind legs for their size, warty skin, a backwards-pointing dark triangle between the eyes, alternating light and brown markings on the upper jaw, and a pair of white warts bordering the anus
  • Breeding choruses can be heard both day and night from mid-April through mid-August
Blanchard's Cricket Frog
 

Blanchard's Cricket Frog 

  • Has very large hind legs for their size, warty skin, a backwards-pointing dark triangle between the eyes, alternating light and brown markings on the upper jaw, and a pair of white warts bordering the anus
  • Breeding choruses can be heard both day and night from mid-April through mid-August