Family Ranidae – True Frogs

Dusky crawfish frog (Rana areolata sevosa)

  • Description: Similar to crawfish frog in general appearance but darker and less distinct dark spots.

  • Distribution: Southeastern counties, but very rare.

  • Breeding period: Assumed to breed only in late winter and early spring.

  • Breeding sites: Shallow semi-permanent pools and ponds after heavy rains.

  • Voice: Deep guttural snore, similar to crawfish frog but deeper and more drawn out and without the rising inflection at the end.

  • Comments: Spring peepers, green frog calling in background. Recorded on DeSoto National Forest, Harrison County.