These nocturnal frogs are noted for their
short, stubby appearance. Their backs are marked heavily with dark spots, sometimes
causing a clouded pattern. Their dorsolateral ridges are very distinctive. The
gopher frog usually spends daylight hours in burrows, holes, or tunnels that are
created by other animals. They are mainly found on the Coastal Plain. The gopher
frog breeds on spring nights in very wet conditions. They seem to be rare, but
their secretive nature makes it difficult to determine their true population status.