Cliff Chirping Frog
The Cliff Chirping Frog (Eleutherodactylus marnockii) is a small
species of frog found in the United States, in central and western Texas. They are nocturnal and spend most of their lives on limestone rock faces. Though they prefer rocky areas, they are also found in forest regions and areas with moderate moisture (excluding pools of water or streams).
These frogs are 0.75 to 1.5 inches long and are olive green or tan in color with brown or black mottling. The rear legs are often banded. They have a somewhat flattened body which allows them to hide in rock crevices. They have no or little webbing between their toes. They hop like most frogs, but they can also crawl, which helps them to get into rock crevices.
Breeding occurs year round, except during the colder months in winter, and peaks during the rainy months of April and May. Females lay up to three clutches of eggs in leaf litter, soil, or moist substrate. The diet is mainly insects.