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Frogs in Indiana

There are 16 species of frogs in Indiana, only one of which is considered poisonous, the Pickerel Frog. Their skin secretes a toxin that can be fatal to other animals, while only causing some skin irritation when a human comes in contact with it.

Frogs can be an awesome, rewarding pet for both adults and kids alike! They’re cool-looking, don’t take up too much space, and are relatively easy to care for since they do not need much to thrive.

While they are not the type of pet you can handle often due to their sensitive skin, they are great pets to look for as long as you don’t expect to get all cuddly with it.

According to regulations, it is unlawful to take or possess any frog for commercial purposes, meaning that you will need to have a sport fishing license in order to keep any frog that you might catch from the wild legally.

However, it is recommended that you buy your pet frog from a trusted breeder since wild-caught frogs will not be adapted to captivity. You are imposing less risk by seeking out a reputable breeder and getting yourself a captive-bred frog.

That being said, whether you are interested in getting a pet frog or are just curious about what frogs are native to the state, here is our list of frogs in Indiana.

Frogs in Indiana

Here are some of the frogs native to and roaming the state of Indiana:

1. Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog (Dryophytes versicolor) on someone's thumb near Moraine Nature Preserve, Porter County, Indiana, USA
A Gray Treefrog (Dryophytes versicolor) on someone’s thumb near Moraine Nature Preserve, Porter County, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Dryophytes versicolor
  • Adult Size: 1.25 to 2.25 inches
  • Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size:  10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and hornworms
  • Substrate: Any mulch-type substrate like coconut fiber, dampened sphagnum moss, or bark
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: Around 50%

These frogs live for a long time, so you want to make sure that you are ready for the long-term commitment of caring for these color-changing amphibians.

Gray Treefrogs are native to the eastern states of the United States as well as the southeastern parts of Canada.

They can change colors from gray to green to black to white. These changes are much slower than a chameleon.

They also have bumpy skin and horizontal slits for eyes. They look just like the Cope’s Gray Treefrog.

2. American Green Treefrog

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) on someone's hand near Edgar D. Whitcomb Nature Park and Retreat, Indiana, USA
A Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) on someone’s hand near Edgar D. Whitcomb Nature Park and Retreat, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Hyla cinerea
  • Adult Size: 1.25 to 2.25 inches
  • Lifespan: 6 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 15 Gallons
  • Diet: Crickets, worms, flies, and moths
  • Substrate: Any mulch-type substrate like coconut fiber, dampened sphagnum moss, or bark
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 73 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: 50% to 60%

American Green Treefrogs can be found in the central and southeastern United States. 

They may change color depending on what temperatures they are in as well as the activities they are engaging in.

They are typically bright green, yellowish-green, green-gray, but might also be grayer when they are in cooler temperatures or resting. They might also become a yellow hue when calling.

They like environments like lakes, ponds, and swamps.

3. Cope’s Gray Treefrog

Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) in the grass near Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve, Indiana, USA
A Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) in the grass near Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Hyla chrysoscelis
  • Common Names: Southern Gray Treefrog
  • Adult Size: 1.25 to 2.25 inches
  • Lifespan: 7 to 9 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size:  10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Tree crickets, moths, grasshoppers, flies, ants, and beetles
  • Substrate: Any mulch-type substrate like coconut fiber, dampened sphagnum moss, or bark
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: Around 50%

These frogs live for a long time, so you want to make sure that you are ready for the long-term commitment of caring for these color-changing amphibians.

Cope’s Gray Treefrogs are native to the United States.

They can change colors from gray to green or gray-green to black, gray bark-like colors to white. These changes are much slower than a chameleon.

They also have bumpy skin and horizontal slits for eyes.

They look almost identical to the Gray Treefrog.

4. American Bullfrog

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) being held near grass in Manchester, Aurora, Indiana, USA
An American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) being held near grass in Manchester, Aurora, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates catesbeianus
  • Common Names: Bullfrog
  • Adult Size: 8 inches
  • Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 20 to 30 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Crustaceans, insects, fish eggs, salamanders, snakes, worms, and other frogs as well as tadpoles.
  • Substrate: Rocks and gravel
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit

Bullfrogs are typically brownish-green or just green, but the shade of color they are may vary from light to dark.

They are great swimmers with long, powerful back legs.

These frogs make popular pets and can easily be found at any pet store or you can also find a reputable breeder if you are looking for unique bullfrogs such as the albino bullfrog.

5. Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) in some grass near Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, Allen County, Indiana, USA
A Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) in some grass near Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, Allen County, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates pipiens or Rana pipiens
  • Adult Size: 2.4 to 4.3 inches
  • Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 to 20 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Snails, slugs, leeches, flies, moths, worms, and insect larvae.
  • Substrate: At least 2 to 3 inches of organic potting soil, soil and peat moss mixture, reptile bark, sphagnum moss.
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: 50% to 70%

These frogs can be found in the Northern parts of North America, which is how they got their name.

They are typically brown or green on their backs with large, round, dark spots with a lighter-colored outline. Their undersides are typically white or cream in color.

This species of Leopard Frog is the most popular pet due to its bright green appearance and leopard-like spots, which is how they got their name.

6. Southern Leopard Frog

Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus) in some dry leaves near Brown County State Park, Indiana, USA
A Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus) in some dry leaves near Brown County State Park, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates sphenocephalus
  • Adult Size: 2 to 3.5 inches
  • Lifespan: 3 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 to 20 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Smaller invertebrates, terrestrial arthropods, and sometimes smaller vertebrates.
  • Substrate: At least 2 to 3 inches of organic potting soil, soil and peat moss mixture, reptile bark, sphagnum moss.
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: 50% to 70%

Leopard Frogs are all relatively easy to care for and will only need some regular maintenance, which will take some time out of your day at least once a week.

They are typically brown or green on their backs with large, round, dark spots with a lighter-colored outline. Their undersides are typically white or cream in color, but not as prominently as the Northern Leopard Frog.

7. Wood Frog

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) in some wet leaves found in Ox Bow Park, Concord Township, Indiana, USA
A Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) in some wet leaves found in Ox Bow Park, Concord Township, Indiana, USA – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates sylvaticus
  • Common Names:
  • Adult Size: 1.4 to 2.8 inches
  • Lifespan: 3 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Arachnids, slugs, snails, and worms
  • Substrate: Safe soil, peat moss, or bark chips
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: Between 50% and 80%

These frogs are brown, gray, or tan with bumpy skin and a black “robber’s mask” on its face. Their underside is often lime green and they might also have a light stripe on their upper lip.

They range from Alaska all throughout Southern British Columbia all spanning all the way to Northeastern Canada and some of the Northeastern United States.

Wood Frogs are popular as pets and are relatively easy to care for.

An interesting thing about these frogs is their ability to partially freeze, causing their organ systems to become inactive.

When temperatures drop below freezing, up to 60% of these frogs’ body fluid will freeze up.

8. Green Frog

Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) on a log in greenery at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour, Indiana, USA
A Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) on a log in greenery at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates clamitans or Rana clamitans
  • Adult Size: 2 to 3.5 inches
  • Lifespan: 6 to 10 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Insects and other invertebrates such as slugs, snails, crayfish, caterpillars, flies, moths, flies, spiders, and sometimes other frogs.
  • Substrate: Gravel and coco fiber
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: Between 60% and 80%

Green frogs are, of course, green, sometimes with brown, or even bronze, tones to them. When their body temperatures drop, they might look completely black.

They also have multiple darker blotches and spots throughout their bodies. They have an almost gong-shaped circle at each “cheek” behind their eyes, which are typically bronze or brown in color.

They also have raised ridges that might come down from their head down their back along their sides.

They are mostly found in eastern North America.

Despite the rise in threats to their natural habitat, these frogs are still generally well-populated since they will gather for the breeding season.

They are common pets because of their laid-back nature and their simple care regime.

9. Eastern Spadefoot Toad

Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii) covered in small greenery in someone's hands near the Illinois-Indiana border, USA
An Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii) covered in small greenery in someone’s hands near the Illinois-Indiana border, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Scaphiopodidae
  • Scientific Name: Scaphiopus holbrookii
  • Adult Size: 1.6 to 3.1 inches
  • Lifespan: 5 to 9 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Insects, arachnids, invertebrates, and also insect larvae.
  • Substrate: Dry soils like sand or sandy loam
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit

These are some of the least understood species of toads because not only are they rare to find, they like to spend their time burrowing, hidden from where they can be found.

These frogs are typically dark brown with yellow spots scattered along their bumpy skin. They have a cream underside, bright yellow eyes, and almost spade-like elliptical pupils.

People who have encountered them swear that they smell like peanut butter.

10. Western Chorus Frog

Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) on a hand somewhere in Atlanta, Indiana, USA
A Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) on a hand somewhere in Atlanta, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Not Recommended
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Pseudacris triseriata
  • Common Names: Striped Chorus Frog, Midland Chorus Frog
  • Adult Size: Less than 1 inch long
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • Poisonous: No

These smooth-skinned treefrogs are gray-green to olive or brown with dark stripes through their eyes and a light stripe along their upper lip. They also have three dark stripes running down their backs.

They can be found in both Canada and the United States.

Their diet mainly consists of small arthropods and invertebrates such as mosquitos, ants, small flies, tiny beetles, caterpillars, spiders, grasshoppers, moths, and small spiders.

We do not recommend taking these frogs out of their natural habitats to keep as pets since they are already highly at risk of extinction due to habitat loss caused by human interference.

They are nocturnal frogs and will come out of hiding when it’s night to feed and chorus, which is how they got their name.

Check out this video of the Western Chorus Frog’s iconic call:

11. Boreal Chorus Frog

Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris maculata) on someone's finger in Community Heights, Indiana, USA
A Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris maculata) on someone’s finger in Community Heights, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Pseudacris maculata
  • Adult Size:  0.75 to 1.5 inches
  • Lifespan: 1 to 3 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 5-Gallon terrarium
  • Diet: Smaller terrestrial arthropods
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.

These small red, brown, tan, gray, or olive-colored frogs will typically have three dark brown dorsal stripes.

They are freeze-tolerant and will hibernate when temperatures go below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boreal Chorus Frogs are one of the only two species of frogs, the other one being a toad, that is allowed to be kept in classrooms for educational purposes.

12. Northern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) on someone's hand over grass by Raccoon Creek, Tennesee, USA
A Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) on someone’s hand over grass by Raccoon Creek, Tennesee, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Acris crepitans
  • Common Name: Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
  • Adult Size: 0.75 to 1.5 inches
  • Lifespan: 4 to 6 months
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Insects; especially loves mosquitoes
  • Substrate: Moist organic soil
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

These small frogs are light brown, tan, with random green coloration, usually at the top of their back and either brown or white spots randomly placed on some individuals.

They will sometimes resemble toads and sound somewhat similar to a bird.

They prefer to inhabit areas near lakes in the United States or Northern Mexico.

13. American Toad

American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) on some greenery near Ohio River, Indiana, USA
The warty American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) on some greenery near Ohio River, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Scientific Name: Anaxyrus americanus
  • Common Names: Eastern American Toad
  • Adult Size: 2 to 4.25 inches
  • Lifespan: 10 years or more
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 15 to 20 gallons per toad
  • Diet: Insects and invertebrates
  • Substrate: Coconut husk fiber, unfertilized peat moss, leaf litter, or cypress mulch
  • UVB Lighting: Need a lower UVB 2.0 bulb for at least 12 hours
  • Tank Temperature: 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: At least 60%

These toads are typically brown or gray, whereas some individuals may be tan, olive, or brick red. They are short-legged, stout, and have thick skin covered in warts.

They can be found in both the Eastern United States and Canada. They are commonly found in gardens.

They feed from early morning all the way until evening and if they run into a predator, they puff up or inflate themselves in order to look inedible.

These guys are popular pets because they are quite cute-looking, are simple to care for, and aren’t picky eaters.

14. Fowler’s Toad

Fowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) in some leaves near Bowen Lake, Scott County, Indiana, USA
The Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) in some leaves near Bowen Lake, Scott County, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Scientific Name: Anaxyrus fowleri
  • Adult Size: 2 to 3.7 inches
  • Lifespan: About 5 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 to 20 gallons per frog
  • Diet: Small terrestrial invertebrates and insects
  • Substrate: Sand, bedrock, and sparse
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.
  • Tank Temperature: Around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tank Humidity: 60% to 70%

These frogs may vary from shades of gray, brown, and might even be very light in color. They have warts and several dark spots and some individuals may have blotches of green as well.

They have dry skin with warts and also very short legs.

They are related to the American Toad, but will actually go out of their way to avoid earthworms, which is the American Toads’ favorite.

They can be found throughout the eastern states of the United States.

15. Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) on a leaf near Touch the Earth Natural Area, Columbus, Indiana, USA
A Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) on a leaf near Touch the Earth Natural Area, Columbus, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Scientific Name: Pseudacris crucifer
  • Adult Size: 1 inch
  • Lifespan: 2 to 4 years
  • Poisonous: No

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 5 to 10 Gallons per frog
  • Diet: Insects like flies, spiders, beetles, and ants
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed, but can benefit from lower UVB 2.0 bulb and hides to escape light.

These small tree frogs are typically brown, gray, olive, or tan in color. Females will typically be lighter in color, smaller in size, and will have a dark coloration on their throats.

They will typically have a pattern of dark-colored crosses along their back as well.

16. Pickerel Frog

 Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) sitting on a rock near Clifty Falls State Park, Big Clifty Creek, Indiana, USA
A Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) sitting on a rock near Clifty Falls State Park, Big Clifty Creek, Indiana, USA. – Source

Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Ranidae
  • Scientific Name: Lithobates palustris
  • Adult Size: 1.75 to 3.5 inches
  • Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
  • Poisonous: Yes

Quick Care Requirements

  • Tank Size: 10 to 20 gallons per frog
  • Diet: Small invertebrates, insects, and spiders.
  • UVB Lighting: Not needed

These small frogs can range from a tan, gray, brown, to olive green color with two rows of seemingly “drawn-on”, messy, dark brown squares. These squares also have a black outline to them.

It is important to keep in mind that these frogs are toxic. They produce a toxic mucus that seeps out of their skin.

While it will irritate humans and house pets, it can definitely harm and be fatal to smaller animals.

While these guys could make interesting pets, they are quite high-strung and need lots of space. They are easily stressed and must be housed alone since they will not get along with tankmates.

They are also semi-aquatic, meaning they will need both a terrestrial as well as an aquatic side to each half of their tank.

Here’s more information on how to care for a Pickerel Frog: https://www.animalspot.net/pickerel-frog.html

Conclusion

We hope that this article covered all the information you were looking for, whether you are a frog enthusiast in Indiana or are wondering what species you might be able to find in the area.

These frogs are native to the state of Indiana and knowing how to identify them may make your nature walk that much more interesting!

Leave us any questions you might have down below or let us know about any information you might have about keeping these species as pets.

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Sada

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

never mind we figured it out!

Snaketracks

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Great! What was it?

Sada

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

I have a bumpy little frog we found in our gutter pipe thing. it's about 1 inch. can't tell what it is for sure though. help?