What kind of frogs can you find in Nevada?”

Common Nevada Frogs

 

I love finding, observing, and hearing frogs!

 

Even as a kid, I used to patrol the swamps by my house, catching them and then trying to sell them as pets to cars passing by. As you can imagine, no one was interested in buying my frogs, and I ended up letting them go at the end of each day. 🙂

 

Today, I’m providing a guide to teach you about the different kinds of frogs found in Nevada.

 

One of the BEST ways to find frogs is to learn the noises they make. So, in addition to pictures, you will find audio samples for each species below!

 

3 Frog Species in Nevada:

 


#1. American Bullfrog

  • Lithobates catesbeianus

Types of Frogs that live in Nevada

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Adult body lengths range from 3.6 to 6 inches.
  • Coloration is typically olive green, with some individuals having gray or brown mottling or spots.
  • Fully webbed back feet.

 

The American Bullfrog is the largest frog in Nevada!

 

Believe it or not, they can grow to weigh as much as 1.5 pounds (.7 kg). Unfortunately, these massive frogs are not native to Nevada and were introduced from the eastern half of the country. Their giant appetites can be incredibly destructive to native ecosystems in the southern part of the state.

American Bullfrog Range Map

american bullfrog range map

Green = native range. Red = introduced range.

 

Bullfrogs can be found in permanent bodies of water, including swamps, ponds, and lakes. During the breeding season, the male frogs select egg sites in shallow waters, which they defend aggressively. A female will then select a male by entering his territory.

 

They are named for their deep call, which is thought to sound like a bull bellowing.

https://youtu.be/M02_dnl9zCA?t=13

 

Bullfrogs are known to eat just about anything they can fit in their mouth and swallow! The list of prey includes other frogs, fish, turtles, small birds, bats, rodents, insects, crustaceans, and worms. I have personally witnessed one even trying to eat a baby duck!

 


#2. Northern Leopard Frog

  • Lithobates pipiens

Kinds of Frogs in Nevada

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Adults range from 2 to 4.5 inches long.
  • Smooth skin is green, brown, or yellow-green with large dark spots.
  • Lighter-colored raised ridges extend down the length of the back.

 

You can spot Northern Leopard Frogs in Nevada near slow-moving bodies of water with lots of vegetation. You might see them in or near ponds, lakes, streams, and marshes. I love how bright green most individuals appear!

Northern Leopard Frog Range Map

northern leopard frog range map

Due to their fairly large size, these frogs eat various foods, including worms, crickets, flies, and small frogs, snakes, and birds. In one study, a bat was even observed being eaten!

 

During the spring breeding season, the males will float in shallow pools emitting a low call thought to sound a bit like snoring. The Northern Leopard Frog may also make a high, loud, screaming call if captured or startled.

 

Northern Leopard Frog populations are declining in many areas, and the cause is not exactly known. It’s thought to be some combination of habitat loss, drought, introduced fish, environmental contaminants, and disease.

 


#3. Pacific Treefrog

  • Pseudacris regilla

Nevada Frogs species

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Adults can reach 2 inches long, with the males typically being smaller.
  • Most are green or brown with pale white undersides, but some are reddish, gray, cream, or black.
  • Dark mask across the eyes to the shoulders and uniformly bumpy skin.

 

The Pacific Treefrog can be found in a wide range of elevations in Nevada, ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet (3,050 m)!

Pacific Treefrog Range Map

pacific tree frog range map

Look for them in woodlands and meadows. Interestingly, these frogs spend most of their time on the ground despite being a treefrog. They even hide from predators in underground burrows!

 

The Pacific Treefrog travels to the shallow water of ponds and lakes to breed and lay eggs. The female attaches the eggs to sticks or other underwater debris.

 

Also called the Pacific Chorus Frog, this species can be heard during the spring.

 

Their mating call is a two-part call that sounds like “kreck-ek” or “rib-bit.

 


Do you need additional help identifying frogs in Nevada?

Try this field guide!

 


Which of these frogs have you seen in Nevada?

 

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