Family Ranidae – True Frogs

Crawfish frog (Rana areolata circulosa)

  • Description: 2 1/2-4 inches; relatively stout with prominent warts; two ridges running from behind eye to groin; gray or brown with distinct dark spots; belly usually unmarked and whitish.

  • Distribution: Northern Mississippi as far south as Hinds County, but discontinuously distributed within this area.

  • Breeding period: Late winter and early spring after warm rains.

  • Breeding sites: Permanent and semi-permanent ponds, borrow pits.

  • Voice: Deep, guttural snore, usually with a rising inflection at the end.

  • Comments: Spring peepers calling in background. Recorded near Raymond in Hinds County.