Family Ranidae – True Frogs

Pickerel frog (Rana palustris)

  • Description: 1 3/4-3 1/2 inches; parallel rows of dark brown squarish blotches on a grayish back; two ridges on back running from behind eye to area of groin; inner surface of hind legs and posterior portion of belly yellow.

  • Distribution: Statewide but local; not known from northeast prairie region or from lower coastal area.

  • Breeding period: Late winter and early spring.

  • Breeding sites: Ponds, slow-moving streams and swamps with low, dense vegetation.

  • Voice: Low pitched snore. Has been likened to sound made while twisting an inflated balloon.

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