Ranges along the east coast from North Carolina through most of peninsular Florida and west along the Gulf coast to southern Mississippi. Small disjunct populations exist in central Alabama and central Tennessee.
Primarily found in and around freshwater ponds in scrub, oak hammocks, flatwood, or sandhill habitats. Often hides in rodent or gopher tortoise burrows, or under rocks and inside stumps.
A stout frog with a small head and pointed snout. It has a prominent hip-bone hump on its lower back and very noticeable dorsolateral skin folds. It averages about 7.5 cm in body length. Its color and pattern varies, but it's skin is mildly bumpy with a lighter background covered in many irregular dark spots or mottled pattern. The legs have dark banding. Its ventrum is primarily pale and unmarked, but its throat has black mottling.
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