CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)

One of the larger aquatic frogs and this one topped the scales for any I’ve ever encountered.  From a distance I thought for sure it was a bull frog.

Diet: insects, crayfish, other aquatic invertebrates


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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)

I can usually find these guys at night on the patio…hopefully eating palmetto bugs (ick!)

syn. Bufo terrestris

Terrestrial; Beneficial

“Diet: Ants, bees, beetles, crickets, roaches, snails, and other invertebrates.”



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

formerly Bufo quercicus, this is the smallest North American toad getting be about 1.5 inch max.

Diet: Ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, and other invertebrates.

Unlike many toads who tend to be more nocturnal, you’ll see these guys quite often during the daylight.

This one was hiding in the leaf litter in a “forested” area that is a combo of swamp bay, wax myrtle, dahoon covered by climbing virginia creeper and a young live oak.

Learn more:

Spatial and temporal ecology of oak toads (Bufo quercicus) on a Florida landscape:



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:   Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

I removed the sheet from the water system to find this guy hiding on the softener tank.  It’s been several years since I have seen one of these Florida native treefrogs.

Diet:  Beetles, crickets, caterpillars, beetle larvae, stinkbugs, other small invertebrates.