Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Crawfish Frog

Crawfish frog

Rana areolata

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 not viewable to the public.

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.

Fun Facts

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