of Tennessee


Crawfish Frog

Lithobates areolatus
Photo by Bob English, LEAPS

Description:  Crawfish frogs (Lithobates areolatus) are typically 2.25 - 3 inches long. They are dark gray in color and are characterized by dark spots outlined with a light border on the back.

Habitat: Northern crawfish frogs are normally found in lowland woods, river floodplains and wetland prairies.

Life History: Females lay masses of 3000 - 7000 eggs. Eggs are attached to stems of vegetation. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 2 months.

Range: Found only in western Tennessee.

Additional Notes:

Behavior: They remain underground in the burrows of other animals (often crawfish burrows) during the day.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:








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