Frogs and Toads of Montgomery County


Frogs and toads are most easily found in early spring. As soon as the snow melts and the first rains come down, amphibians emerge and trek to small, temporary pools, known as seasonal, or vernal pools. They also can be found in stormwater wet ponds and other wetlands.

In early spring, especially at dusk, the air near good frog habitat fills with the choruses of "love songs" from male frogs advertising their availability.

There are 14 species of frogs and toads that can occur in Montgomery County. Check out the list below for the common frog and toad species of the County and their individual calls.


Frog and Toad Species

Image of American Toad

American Toad ( Male )

Image of Wood Frog

Wood Frog ( MaleChorus  )

Image of Bullfrog

Bullfrog ( Male; Chorus )   

Northern Leopard Frog ( Male )

Image of Fowler's Toad

Fowler's Toad ( Male )

Image of Pickerel Frog

 Pickerel Frog ( Male )

Image of Gray Treefrog

Gray Treefrog ( Male ; Chorus )

Image of Southern Leopard Frog

Southern Leopard Frog ( Male)

Image of Green Frog

Green Frog ( Male ; Chorus )

Image of Spring Peeper

Spring Peeper ( Male ; Chorus )

Image of Northern Cricket Frog

Northern Cricket Frog ( Male )

Image of Upland Chorus Frog

Upland Chorus Frog ( Male ; Chorus )


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Seasonal Pools

Seasonal pools are sensitive areas that provide critical habitat for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. These small, productive, and important wetlands are critical for maintaining many species. The quality of the pools is directly related to the surrounding land use. Changes to the landscape can cause pools to dry prematurely, fragment the habitat and natural corridor between pools, and introduce contaminants and toxins. And, because pools are smaller bodies of water, they may show problems with water quality before streams, rivers, and even drinking water. 


Image of Wetland behind houses Wetlands behind homes may be an ideal habitat for amphibians.
Image of Seasonal Pool Seasonal pool in Little Bennett Regional Park in early March 2009. The clucking of wood frogs could be heard before even arriving at the water's edge. (Photo credit: Rachel Gauza)


Wood frog egg masses
Communally-laid wood frog egg masses. (Photo credit: Jennifer St. John)


Video of tadpoles swimming in vernal pool