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Fish & Wildlife > Nongame & Endangered Wildlife > Wildlife Diversity - Herpetology > Frogs & Toads of Indiana > Crawfish Frog Crawfish Frog

Crawfish FrogDescription
2 1/4-4 ½” (5.7-11.4cm). Large and stubby body with distinct humped lower back when at rest. Irregular dark spots crowded together and surrounded by light borders. Belly white without spots.

Call Description
Loud, deep, resonant snore repeated at irregular intervals. Large choruses sound like hogs at feeding time.

Indiana Range
Southwestern and west-central Indiana. Isolated population in the southeast region. Very uncommon. Endangered in Indiana.

Diet
Nocturnal beetles, crayfish, small amphibians and reptiles.

Habitat
Low, wet areas including moist meadows, prairies, woodlands, and brushy fields. Can be found in crawfish holes.

Breeding Habitat
Flooded fields, fish-free ponds, and small lakes.

Breeding Season
Mid-March to mid-April

Eggs
Masses of 3,000 - 7,000 eggs attached to vegetation.

Tadpoles
Grayish brown to greenish with small black dots on body and tail. Belly is whitish with internal organs faintly visible through skin. Similar to green frog and bullfrog, but has more dark pigment on mouth.

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