Friendly frog or what? #551513 - Ask Extension


Friendly frog or what? #551513

Asked April 07, 2019, 8:07 AM EDT

Hi! Last night I was going for a walk and saw a cute frog. Gave some space and moved back and kept looking and talking to him, as my daughter was next to me talking to him as well. So He jumped on my leg.

Hennepin County Florida

Expert Response

Thank you for your question. Frogs use jumping as a primary means of escape from threatening situations. While it would be nice to think of them as being friendly, your frog was just trying to get away and inadvertently landed on your leg.

If you are interested in learning more about frogs and toads in your area, here are a couple of resources:

Dorcas, Mike and Whit Gibbons. (2008). Frogs & Toads Of The Southeast. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

The University of Florida's Florida Wildlife Extension webpage for frogs and toads of Florida:

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

Jim Burke Replied April 09, 2019, 6:32 PM EDT
Hi, Jim! Thank you so much! 

Poor little fella!
The Question Asker Replied April 09, 2019, 9:24 PM EDT
You're welcome. Contact us anytime.

Jim Burke Replied April 09, 2019, 10:33 PM EDT

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