Crawfish Frog

The Crawfish Frog is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Crawfish Frog (Rana areolata) is a species of aquatic frog native to the central United States. It gets its name because crayfish are its primary diet, and it inhabits crayfish burrows. More

The Crawfish Frog, Rana areolata, is restricted to the Jackson Purchase and portions of the western coal fields. More

An adult Crawfish Frog from Anderson County, Kansas. Photograph by Suzanne L. Collins, The Center for North American Herpetology. - Routes Observed Map: (clickable) Note: The map does not depict the actual range of the Crawfish Frog in Kansas. More

STATUS: The crawfish frog is identified as Near Threatened by the World Conservation Union. More

Rediscover the crawfish frog in Iowa The Blank Park Zoo and Simpson College have teamed together in hopes of rediscovering the Crawfish Frog in Iowa and we need your help! Have you seen this frog? If so, please contact us. More

breeding, the Crawfish Frog retreat back to their underground homes. More

Crawfish FrogDescription 2 1/4-4 ½” (5.7-11.4cm). Large and stubby body with distinct humped lower back when at rest. Irregular dark spots crowded together and surrounded by light borders. Belly white without spots. More

crawfish frog should be retained, and contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or the DNR immediately! Crawfish Frog - Rana areolataCrawfish Frog, Rana areolata, photo courtesy of Terry VandeVenter Description More

The Crawfish Frog originally inhabited low wet meadows in tallgrass prairie, although populations do persist in non-native grasslands. They require heavy spring rains and fishless temporary pools that persist into May or June for successful reproductions. More

extreme southeastern Iowa and the Crawfish Frog has not been seen in extreme southern Iowa in over 60 years (Christiansen 1998). The eggs of these species are laid in globular masses attached to vegetation or on the bottom in shallow water. More

Crawfish frog (Rana areolata) Potential Distribution Map * Resource Identifier: More

crawfish frogs have been reported from mountain valleys, oak-hickory-pine forest, and along the Gulf Coastal Plain in Texas and Louisiana, although population status is unknown in many areas (Bragg, 1953; Garrett and Barker, 1987; Dundee and Rossman, 1989). More

Habitat: Northern crawfish frogs are normally found in lowland woods, river floodplains and wetland prairies in western Tennessee. They remain underground in the burrows of other animals (often crawfish burrows) during the day. Voice: (WAV file 66K) A deep snore that sounds like "waaaaater. More

to the Crawfish Frog in appearance but the dark spots that cover it are not encircled by white and its throat and belly are mottled. Gopher frogs have prominent dorsolateral ridges and distinctive sacral humps. More

Order : Anura
Family : Ranidae
Genus : Lithobates
Species : areolatus
Authority : (Baird and Girard, 1852)