Click through the Media Gallery below to see which picture is a toad and which is a frog.
Between 15 and 20 types of toads and frogs live in the Midwest. They may look similar but there are ways to tell them apart.
Toads have dry, rough skin while frogs have smooth skin and feel moist. Toads have short hind legs, perfect for hopping. Frogs have large, powerful hind legs and can jump a long way in a leap. Toads have little to no webbing in their feet while frogs have a lot between their toes for a powerful swimming stroke. And toads have no teeth while frogs have sandpaper like teeth for snagging insects. Both eat vast numbers of insects.
Male toads and frogs have distinct breeding calls. These chirps, croaks, trills and peeps fill the night air in spring and early summer.
For more on toads and frogs, check out this publication from MDC.