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List of Tucson area frogs and toads in descending order from most prominent:

Images Name  Listen to the amphibian - click the - RIBIT  Distribution credits
couchii001.jpg (40002 bytes) Scaphiopus couchii 

Couch’s Spadefoot 

Hear me local recording

Ribit other

USGS data
Bufo cognatus 

Great Plains Toad 

 frogsong- www.naturenorth.com

frogsong other - ribit

USGS data 
s-multiplicata2004.jpg (118527 bytes) scaphiopus multiplicatus

Mexican (or Southern) Spadefoot 

ribit Reptiles of Arizona  
644C8765opt.jpg (44306 bytes) bufo alvarius

Sonoran Desert (or Colorado River) ToadLarger Image of Selected Tadpole


 ribit USGS.GOV

Uncommon to Tucson basin proper but will be found in and around the mountains:

  Name Song Distribution   
Red-spotted Toad Bufo punctatus   ribit  
644C8749bopt.jpg (43419 bytes) Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad  Gastrophryne olivacea

This particular fellow was found at West Branch

Canyon Treefrog Hyla arenicolor ribit USGS


lep04004_optb.jpg (210538 bytes) Lowland Leopard frog rana yavapaiensis


ribit   Lowland Leopard Frog (Rana yavapaiensis) Arizona Range Map  
rana yavapaiensis  

egg mass

eggs2005.jpg (154544 bytes)

Lowland Leopard frog seems to be becoming more prevalent according to the recent  Frog and Toad study

Leopard frog tadpolesRana_sphenocephala_tadpole - click to enlarge




Courtesy USGS.GOV

woodhsf.jpg (41030 bytes) Southwestern Woodhouse’s Toad bufo woodhousei   - last seen 1960's ribit

African Clawed Frog xenopus laevis image courtesy: allaboutfrogs.com  ribit  
Sonoran Green Toad Bufo retiformis (Sanders & Smith, 1951). Photo © Suzanne L. Collins, Center for North American Herpetology   ribit  
Burrowing Treefrog  (or Northern Casque-headed Frog) Pternohyla fodiens (Boulenger, 1882). Photo © Suzanne L. Collins, Center for North American Herpetology   ribit  

Introduced species THE BAD for Tucson Basin wildlife


American Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana - widely found  


USGS  Bullfrog  data courtesy USGS.GOV

American bullfrog tadpole data



Rana_catesbeiana_tadpole - click to enlarge

Rana catesbeiana  

photo courtesy G Barnhill - 

North Central Tucson Catalina foothills

As seen here there is a lot of variation 

in coloration and marking


Another excellent list with great identification images- Tucson Herpetological Society List

Most photos are of Tucson frogs and toads - LizardTracks Pub. many courtesy USGS, others noted.

For more frog/toad sound you really need to go to: CaliforniaHerps.com/sounds

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