Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

Crawfish frog

At the Detroit Zoo
The crawfish frog is a new resident of the Zoo and only remains here for three months of the year. This endangered frog is part of a repatriation project, which means that eggs are collected, allowed to develop to a life stage just before metamorphosis and then returned. This method allows for better survivorship when they are most vulnerable at the tadpole stage. Due to these efforts the crawfish frog is off exhibit.

The crawfish frog has a large stocky body that can be yellow to brown with numerous brown spots with light colored rings around them. Its underbelly is white.

Scientific name: Rana areolata
Continent: North America
Habitat: Prairies, river valleys, abandoned burrows
Size: 3 - 4 inches long
Weight: 2 - 4.5 ounces
Diet: Crawfish, beetles, small amphibians and reptiles
ReproductionA clutch of eggs is deposited in or near shallow water sources. After seven to 12 days the eggs will hatch.
Lifespan: 8 - 10 years
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (Endangered in Indiana)



 The crawfish frog moves faster on land than it does in water.