Gopher frog

It possesses the remarkable ability to enter a state of dormancy when confronted with danger or arid environments

Florida Fish and Wildlife

Named after its propensity to utilize burrows created by gophers and other small mammals, this frog is native to the southeastern United States.

One of the most remarkable features of the gopher frog is its ability to utilize burrows dug by gophers and other animals as refuge from the heat and predators. This behavior allows them to escape the harsh conditions of their environment and seek shelter underground—a trait that sets them apart from many other frog species.

In addition to their burrowing behavior, gopher frogs are known for their distinctive calls, which resemble loud snoring sounds. These calls serve as a means of communication between individuals and can be heard from considerable distances, aiding in territory defense and mate attraction.

Gopher frogs exhibit several physical characteristics that distinguish them from other frog species. They typically display a dark brown or gray coloration, adorned with dark spots on their back and legs. Additionally, they possess a ridge of skin behind each eye that extends to the shoulder, adding to their unique appearance.

Adapted to dry habitats such as pine forests and sandhills, Gopher frogs have evolved to thrive in environments characterized by sparse vegetation and well-drained soils. Their ability to withstand periods of drought and endure harsh environmental conditions makes them well-suited to their native habitats.


Population est.
United States

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No