Screaming Frog Alternatives

If you’re looking for an alternative to Screaming Frog, we’re probably not the best people to offer an impartial review. Naturally, we think our products are the best, and we’re not really fans of cherry-picked product comparison tables.

However, while we prefer to let our tools do the talking, needs must in a space that’s growing more competitive.

We’ve spent hours scouring the internet for worthy Screaming Frog alternatives, pitting them against each other to find out who comes out on top.

Why Are We Called Screaming Frog?

Before we dive into the head-to-head comparisons, we thought it was important to address the question we get asked on a daily basis.

The name came to Dan, our founder, when his two cats cornered a frog in his back garden and to his surprise, it let out a loud scream. There’s really not that much more to the story, but the name Screaming Frog is unique, memorable and acts as a great icebreaker during client meetings and networking events.

Which Frog Species Screams?

In the UK we have two native frog species as well as several non-native species. It’s highly likely that the frog Dan encountered in his back garden was the humble common frog, which lets out a shrill, piercing scream in an attempt to startle predators. It can last for several seconds, and it has been said to resemble the scream of a crying baby.

Now that we’ve established the likely breed of the Screaming Frog, we can make direct and totally unbiased comparisons against the alternatives.

Top 4 Screaming Frog Alternatives

Howler Monkey

Scientific name: Alouatta

Type: Mammal

Diet: Omnivore

Found: Tropical rainforests or dry forests across South America

The howler monkey is considered one of the loudest animals on the planet, able to clock an impressive 140 decibels with their calls. For context, a jet engine taking off is around 150 decibels and is loud enough to rupture your eardrums.

The calls of a howler monkey can be heard up to three miles away, and are used to establish their territory and avoid rival troops. Their signature howl is produced by drawing air through a greatly enlarged hyoid bone, acting as a resonating chamber to amplify their howls.

Howler Monkey vs Screaming Frog

The howler monkey would, without a doubt, beat a Screaming Frog in a one-on-one fight on a level playing field. The howler monkey can grow up to 36 inches in height and weigh up to 22 pounds, dwarfing the common frog, which can only muster up around 5 inches in length.

A key advantage that the howler monkey has is opposable thumbs, allowing them to pick objects up much like a human would, such as a large stick or a rock.

Metrics Screaming Frog Logo
Opposable thumbs
Size & weight advantage
Permeable Skin
Offspring feeds on troublesome algae
Survived Earth for more than 200 million years
Ability to compare crawls for site auditing purposes
Compares itself to others

Alas, thanks to its site auditing prowess, the Howler Monkey was pipped at the post by Screaming Frog.

Snapping Shrimp

Scientific name: Alpheidae

Type: Crustacean

Diet: Carnivore

Found: Tropical and subtropical coastal waters worldwide

Despite its tiny size, the snapping shrimp (also known as the pistol shrimp) competes with the likes of the sperm and beluga whale for the loudest animal in the ocean. Measuring just 2 inches in length, the snapping shrimp gets its name from its massive claw, which it can close at such a high speed it generates a bubble that is louder than a bullet when it implodes.

Some species of snapping shrimp can produce sounds measuring upwards of 200 decibels, which is louder than an actual gunshot. This loud pop is used to stun prey before they promptly dismember and devour them.

Snapping Shrimp vs Screaming Frog

This matchup isn’t as straightforward as the howler monkey. The snapping shrimp resides in the sea, whereas the Screaming Frog is amphibious, meaning it’s suited for both land and water. As such it only seems fair to assume that this head-to-head battle would take place in the ocean.

It’s a close matchup on paper, but let’s see what the totally unbiased table says.

Metrics Screaming Frog Logo
200 decibel stun gun
Size & weight advantage
Permeable Skin
Offspring feeds on troublesome algae
Capable of crawling both small and very large websites

Another win for the Screaming Frog in the bag, though the snapping shrimp no doubt put up a valiant effort.

Laughing Hyena

Scientific name: Crocuta crocuta

Type: Mammal

Diet: Carnivore

Found: Savannas, grasslands, woodlands, subdeserts, and mountains

Often the star of wildlife documentaries, the spotted hyena is renowned for its iconic but chilling laugh. On occasion the sounds of a laughing hyena have been recorded as high as 112 decibels, and are used to signal different situations to other hyenas.

While they may seem like savages on the surface, laughing hyenas have advanced social groups that are female dominated. Initially this was thought to be because of the heavier and more aggressive build when compared to males, but research revealed it’s based on stronger social support toward females.

Laughing Hyena vs Screaming Frog

With a clear size and weight advantage, and a bite force measuring 1,100 pounds per square inch, it’s going to get ugly for our favourite noisy amphibian. On top of this, hyenas are pack hunters and there’s no guarantee that their friends won’t get involved should the Screaming Frog get the upper hand.

Metrics Screaming Frog Logo
Size and weight advantage
Webbed Feet
1,100 PSI bite force
Able to jump up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap
Available for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu
Dark mode

Three on the trot for the Screaming Frog! Read on to find out if it’s a whitewash…

Screaming Hairy Armadillo

Scientific name: Chaetophractus vellerosus

Type: Mammal

Diet: Omnivorous

Found: Central and Southern areas of South America

Decked out in its very own armour, the screaming hairy armadillo is not shy of voicing its concern when threatened, much like the Screaming Frog. This eccentric little critter has a shield covering their head and a carapace that covers the rest of their body, with powerful claws that make them expert burrowers.

The ‘hairy’ aspect of their name comes from the thick hair that protrudes between the plates of their shell, which helps them to control their temperature, especially at night.

Screaming Hairy Armadillo vs Screaming Frog

They both scream, but which one is louder? The screaming hairy armadillo is bigger, stronger and has powerful claws, allowing them to quickly bury themselves to cover their vulnerable underbelly. While not as flexible as some of their armadillo cousins, they are still able to curl up into a ball, though it leaves them pretty immobile.

The impenetrable armour of the screaming hairy armadillo will be the Screaming Frog’s biggest hurdle yet, but let’s see what the cherry picked comparison table says.

Metrics Screaming Frog Logo
Size and weight advantage
Tough, bony shell
Protruding eyes for a broad field of view
Rapidly extending tongue
Expert burrowers
GA4 integration
Site architecture & crawl visualisations

Unbelievable! Once again the Screaming Frog comes out on top, and is crowned the king of all the loud animals!


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We prefer to let our product do the talking, which is why the SEO community repeatedly chooses the SEO Spider as their tool of choice over any other competitor (by quite a stretch!)