The Southeastern United States is renowned for its diversity of amphibians. This guide introduces the common frogs, toads and salamanders that inhabit the Cumberland Plateau around Sewanee. Although larger animals such as birds and mammals are more likely to attract our attention, in terms of biomass our area contains many more amphibians than any other vertebrate animal. The springtime choruses of frogs and toads give us a hint
of the abundance of these animals. One can encounter many more by exploring damp areas in the woods, or by scanning the ground after heavy rains. Despite worldwide declines in amphibian populations, the Cumberland Plateau still has large numbers of amphibians, and we hope that this guide will introduce you to some of these fascinating animals.