AUDIO: Identify toad and frog breeding calls

Sunday, March 15, 2009 | 6:16 p.m. CDT; updated 9:42 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 15, 2009

Missouri frogs breed between February and July. Listen to clips from the Missouri Department of Conservation to hear the differences between the breeding calls of 16 frogs and toads.

Click on the earphones below to listen to the breeding calls. Use the information at left to study Missouri frog calls, and then, at the bottom, try your hand at frog and toad identification at a local pond.


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NOTE: No audio available for the Woodhouse's Toad.

Woodhouse’s Toad

(Bufo woodhousii)

Call: Similar to the Fowler’s toad but with a slightly lower pitch.

Approximate breeding call season: May through June



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Amber Hanneken March 16, 2009 | 1:36 p.m.

Thanks for this! Now I know that these guys I recorded are Northern Spring Peepers:

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Megan Clark March 16, 2009 | 2:53 p.m.

I second Amber's thanks. My frog seduction skills are going to be amazing this spring.

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Ray Shapiro March 16, 2009 | 2:59 p.m.

They all sounded like Horny Toads, to me.

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