River Frog
Rana heckscheri

River Frog

Description: River Frogs have greenish-gray backs and legs with dark gray blotches and blotched undersides. They also have light spots on their dark lips. When handled, this frog will go limp unlike other captured frogs. As a defense mechanism, they will leave an odor on anything that touches them.


Distribution: River frogs inhabit areas from central Florida to the panhandle.

Size: This is the third largest frog in Florida, reaching a length of 5 inches.

Call: The call is a rumbling snore and can be heard from April to July.

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Development of these pages was a cooperative effort. Photos were supplied by Barry Mansell Photos and calls were provided by Paul Moler, state herpetologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.