Possible Toad and Frog Species in Mountain Lakes
Species: Fowler’s Toad
Scientific Name: Bufo woodhousii
Status in Mountain Lakes Borough: Heard calling from a wooded area in Frederick Park along Morris Avenue in 1998 (Radis 2008). Possible in other areas of the Mountain Lakes; breeds in similar habitats as American Toad.
Comments: The common toad in south Jersey, where American Toad is absent. A Coastal Plain species which is rare in New Jersey north of southern Monmouth, Middlesex, and Mercer Counties, and unusual in Mountain Lakes.
Species: Northern Gray Treefrog
Scientific Name: Hyla versicolor
Status in Mountain Lakes: Possible. Occurs in The Tourne County Park in Denville and Boonton Townships (Radis 2008). Most likely to be found in Wilcox and Frederick Parks.
Comments: Breeds in vernal pools, and pond and swamp edges.
Species: Southern Leopard Frog
Scientific Name: Rana utricularia
Status in Mountain Lakes: Possible. Occurs in Troy Meadows in Parsippany, and in lower Troy Brook, which drains into the marsh.
Species: Pickerel Frog
Scientific Name: Rana palustris
Status in Mountain Lakes: Possible. Found in Denville, Boonton Township, and Parsippany.
Comments: Occurs with the previous species in Troy Meadows and along the Rockaway River in Denville.