Frogs and Toads in South Carolina
Frogs and toads are found throughout South Carolina, and are often heard calling from ponds, ditches, wetlands, and lakes to attract mates during their breeding seasons. Frogs and toads begin life as tadpoles that undergo metamorphosis to assume their adult form. Tadpoles look very different than adult frogs and toads and are often seen in shallow water near the edges of ponds. As tadpoles, they absorb oxygen from water through gills, and develop lungs as they undergo metamorphosis. Upon metamorphosis the small newly formed froglets and toadlets disperse into the landscape.
University of Georgia, SREL
Additional resources for amphibians
- Animal Planet - amphibians
- National Geographic - World's Smallest Frog Found
- South Carolina Wildlife magazine - article - Barking Tree Frog
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
- Blue Ridge Reptiles and Amphibians Guild - Adobe PDF
- Miscellaneous Amphibians and Reptiles - Adobe PDF
- Pine Barrens Treefrog - Adobe PDF
- Pond-breeding Amphibian Guild - Adobe PDF
Andrew Grosse - SCDNR Herpetologist
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
220 Santee Gun Club Rd.
McClellanville, SC 29458
Ph: (843) 527-8448
Fax: (843) 527-0255
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