Florida Frogs Pictures and Frog Photography Tips

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The presence of so many visible and vocal frog species means seeing and photographing Florida frogs is one activity that keeps Florida residents and travelers busy consistently.

The state documents approximately 31 species in four of the five anura families. Three species are non-native. The types of frogs in Florida are listed below using the three common categories for frogs, true frogs, tree frogs and toads.

Most people immediately think the true frog family when the subject of frogs comes up. Florida has nine different true frog species, including the ever present bullfrogs. Visitors anywhere in the state can easily cross paths with the Southern Leopard frog, whose range extends across the entire state. Most visitors in the north and central areas of the state can cross paths with Bronze frogs, River Frogs and Pig Frogs.

Gopher Frog
Bullfrog
Bronze Frog
Pig Frog
River Frog
Florida Bog Frog
Pickerel Frog
Southern Leopard Frog
Carpenter Frog

Florida Toads


picture of an Oak Toad
Visitors and residents can also see four of Florida six toad species, Eastern Spadefoot Toad, Eastern Narrowmouth Toad, Oak Toad and Southern Toad, almost anywhere in the state. Two species, Fowler’s Toad and the Cane Toad (non-native) have very limited ranges. The picture shows an Oak Toad.

Florida Treefrogs


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Treefrogs lead the Florida frogs diversity list. The fifteen different species account for approximately 50% of the total Florida frogs species. Visitors and residents can see a handful of these species almost anywhere in the state. Squirrel Treefrogs, Barking Treefrogs, Eastern Cricket Frogs and more are also common along most of the Eastern United States.

Tourists in the central and southern areas of the state can often see the Cuban Treefrog hanging out on the walls and rails surrounding their hotels. Take note. According to the Universiy of Florida

Cuban treefrogs are voracious eaters — and unfortunately they eat Florida’s native frogs, toads, and lizards, in addition to insects and spiders. In fact, Cuban treefrogs are SO successful at taking over habitat and eating Florida’s native species that they are considered an invasive exotic (non-native) species — they are a threat to the biodiversity of Florida’s native ecosystems and wildlife.

  • Eastern Cricket Frog
  • Southern Cricket
  • Pine Barrens Treefrog
  • Western Bird-voiced Treefrog
  • Cope’s Gray Treefrog
  • Green Treefrog
  • Pine Woods Treefrog
  • Barking Treefrog
  • Squirrel Treefrog
  • Cuban Treefrog (non-native)
  • Spring Peeper
  • Upland Chorus Frog
  • Southern Chorus Frog
  • Little Grass Frog
  • Ornate Chorus Frog

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