What kind of frog did I find?

Asked September 14, 2020, 6:24 PM EDT

Hello! How are you? I live in Chicago, IL and last week I purchased plants at Home DePot. To my surprised it came with a frog. I would like to know what kind of frog it is and if it’s possible to keep as a pet?

Cook County Illinois

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I would like to see a photograph of the frog's back from above to get a better idea of the markings. This may be a Spring Peeper, scientific name Pseudacris crucifer. They are 0.75 - 1.5 inches long.

They are found throughout the eastern United States except for a large portion of peninsular Florida.

They feed on small insects such as pinhead crickets and very small mealworms. Instructions for maintaining these frogs in captivity are not too common. You may be able to obtain information from reptile and amphibian dealers who sell this species.

I hope this information helps, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim