Frog Calls

The following frog calls are intended to help Loyola herpetology students with their learning requirements, and for targeted species training for local citizen scientists who intend to volunteer in the Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program.  Louisiana Master Naturalists are encouraged to learn them, too.

H = Herpetology Student Requirement          

L = Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program Requirement (LS - for routes in St. Bernard & Plaquemines parishes; LN - for routes north of Lake Pontchartrain)

LMNGNO = recommended for members of the Louisiana Master Naturalist program in southeast Louisiana



American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus  (LN)  North of Lake

Fowler’s Toad, Anaxyrus fowleri  (H, LN, LMNGNO) North of Lake; formerly south of Lake

Oak Toad, Anaxyrus quercicus  (H, LN)  North of Lake

Southern Toad, Anaxyrus terrestris  (H, LN, LMNGNO)  North of Lake

Gulf Coast Toad, Incilus nebulifer  (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO) South & North of Lake



Northern Cricket Frog, Acris blanchardi   (H, LS, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Southern Cricket Frog, Acris gryllus   (LS, LN, LMNGNO)  North of Lake

Bird-voiced Treefrog, Hyla avivoca  (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO) South & North of Lake

Gray Treefrogs 

Cope’s Gray Treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor   (LS, LMNGNO)  South (in Eastern New Orleans) & North of Lake

Cope's Gray Treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis  and Common Grey Treefrog, Hyla versicolor combined 

Pinewoods Treefrog, Hyla femoralis   (H, LN, LMNGNO)  North of Lake

Pinewoods Treefrog, Hyla femoralis and Southern Tree Frog,  combined 

Green Treefrog, Hyla cinerea   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO) South and North of Lake

Barking Treefrog, Hyla gratiosa   (H, LN, LMNGNO)  North of Lake

Squirrel Treefrog, Hyla squirella   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO) South & North of Lake

Cajun Chorus Frog, Pseudacris fouquettei  (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Ornate Chorus Frog, Pseudacris ornata  (LN)  North of Lake; not found in Louisiana since 1965

Cuban Treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis -  (H, LS, LMNGNO) Occasional specimens arrive on plants from Florida; appears that the first breeding population occurs in the Fly behnd Audubon Zoo (2017).


Rio Grand Chirping Frog, Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides   (LN)  Not yet in New Orleans; deinitely in Lafayette and Baton Rouge

Greenhouse Frog, Eleutherodactylus planirostris   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South of Lake



Narrow-mouthed Toad, Gastrophryne carolinensis   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake



Eastern Spadefoot Toad, Scaphiopus holbrooki   (LN)  North of Lake



Bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Bronze Frog, Lithobates clamitans   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Pig Frog, Lithobates grylio   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Pickerel Frog, Lithobates palustris   (LN)  North of Lake, but most common Alexandria & north

Dusky Gopher Frog, Lithobates sevosus   (LN)  North of Lake; not seen in Louisiana since 1976

Southern Leopard Frog, Lithobates sphenocephalus   (H, LS, LN, LMNGNO)  South & North of Lake

Southern Crawfish Frog, Lithobates areolatus  North Louisiana


Most widely heard frog in America

Northern Pacific Treefrog (aka Hollywood Frog of movie fame), Pseudacris regilla


Source of calls:  Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program Training CD for 2010, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey