A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Amphibian and Reptile Sounds









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This is a list of amphibian and reptile sounds which can be heard on this web site.

Also see California Frog and Toad Calls - A chart of the breeding season of each frog, and descriptions of the calls of all of the frogs and toads found in California.   It includes direct links to short call examples and short videos of calling frogs, and a link to a page of more extensive recordings and longer videos if they exist.

Many more sounds can also be heard on some of our videos.


Frogs and Toads

Acris blanchardi - Blanchard's Cricket Frog
Acris crepitans - Eastern Cricket Frog
Acris gryllus - Southern Cricket Frog

Anaxyrus (Bufo) americanus americanus - Eastern American Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas boreas - Boreal Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas (Hot Creek Locality)
Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas halophilus - California Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) californicus - Arroyo Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) canorus - Yosemite Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) cognatus - Great Plains Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) debilis insidor - Western Green Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) exsul - Black Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) hemiophrys - Canadian Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) houstonensis - Houston Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) microscaphus - Arizona Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) nelsoni - Amargosa Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) punctatus - Red-spotted Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) retiformis - Sonoran Green Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) speciosus - Texas Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) williamsi - Dixie Valley Toad
Anaxyrus (Bufo) woodhousii woodhousii - Rocky Mountain Toad

Eleutherodactylus coqui - Coqui
Eleutherodactylus (Syrrophus) cystignathoides campi - Rio Grande Chirping Frog
Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) marnockii - Cliff Chirping Frog

Gastrophryne mazatlanensis - Sinaloan Narrow-mouthed Toad

Hyla arenicolor - Canyon Treefrog
Hyla chrysoscelis - Cope's Gray Treefrog
Hyla cinerea - Green Treefrog
Hyla squirella- Squirrel Treefrog
Hyla versicolor - Gray Treefrog
Hyla wrightorum - Arizona Treefrog

Hypopachus variolosus - Sheep Frog

Incilius (Bufo) alvarius - Sonoran Desert Toad
Incilius (Bufo) valliceps (nebulifer) - Gulf Coast Toad

Lithobates (Rana) berlandieri - Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Lithobates (Rana) catesbeianus - American Bullfrog
Lithobates (Rana) chiricahuensis - Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Lithobates (Rana) clamitans - Green Frog
Lithobates (Rana) onca - Relict Leopard Frog
Lithobates (Rana) pipiens - Northern Leopard Frog
Lithobates (Rana) sphenocephalus - Southern Leopard Frog

Pseudacris cadaverina - California Treefrog
Pseudacris clarkii - Spotted Chorus Frog
Pseudacris crucifer - Spring Peeper
Pseudacris hypochondriaca - Baja California Treefrog
Pseudacris maculata - Boreal Chorus Frog
Pseudacris regilla - Northern Pacific Treefrog
Pseudacris sierra - Sierran Treefrog
Pseudacris streckeri - Strecker's Chorus Frog

Rana aurora - Northern Red-legged Frog
Rana boylii - Foothill Yellow-legged Frog
Rana cascadae - Cascades Frog
Rana draytonii - California Red-legged Frog
Rana grylio - Pig Frog
Rana luteiventris - Columbia Spotted Frog
Rana muscosa - Mountain Yellow-legged Frog
Rana pretiosa - Oregon Spotted Frog

Scaphiopus couchii - Couch's Spadefoot

Smilisca baudinii - Mexican Treefrog
Smilisca (Pternohyla) fodiens - Lowland Burrowing Treefrog

Spea hammondii - Western Spadefoot
Spea intermontana - Great Basin Spadefoot
Spea multiplicata (stagnalis) - New Mexican Spadefoot

Xenopus laevis - African Clawed Frog


Aneides lugubris - Arboreal Salamander
Dicamptodon ensatus - California Giant Salamander



Crotalus - Rattlesnakes - Several species of rattlesnakes rattling and hissing
Heterodon nasicus kennerlyi - Mexican Hog-nosed Snake, blowing and hissing in this video.
Pituophis catenifer - Gophersnake - Hissing. You can also hear this species buzzing its tail in this video and hear an impressive hissing display here.

Pituophis catenifer sayi
- Bullsnake
- Striking and hissing in a short video.
Pantherophis Spiloides - Gray Ratsnake - buzzing its tail in dry leaves.


Coleonyx variegatus variegatus - Desert Banded Gecko - squeaking
Elgaria coerulea coerulea - San Francisco Alligator Lizard - hissing (video)
Heloderma suspectum - Gila Monster - hissing
Hemidactylus frenatus - Common House Gecko - Chirps made inside a house at night in Australia.
Hemidactylus turcicus - Mediterranean House Gecko - chirping

Reptile and Amphibian Mimics (or sound-alikes)


Burrowing Owls (imitating a rattlesnake) (Link is at bottom of page.)


Cicada (sounding like a rattlesnake rattle) (Link is at bottom of page.)

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