Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)

Other names: Rana pipiens

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  • Size: 1 inch (metamorph) to ~4.5 inches (adult)
  • Dorsal color: bright green, olive or brown
  • Large, dark oval spots with pale edging
  • Skin is relatively smooth
  • Ventral color: creamy white with no red present (on healthy frogs)
  • Prominent pale dorsolateral folds from the eye down the length of the body
  • Obvious typanum (ear)
  • Mp3 of call (courtesy of Gary Nafis, californiaherps.com; contact Gary for permission to post on other websites)

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Top right photo by Bateson; Photos above by Greene

 

Eggs & Tadpoles

  • Eggs in round closeter ~3 to 5 inches in diameter (see right)
  • Eggs either on the bottom of or attached to vegetation
  • Tadpole eyes are medial and anal vent is on the side

 

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Egg photo by Wyoming Natural Diversity Database                                                       Tadpole photo by Charlotte Snoberger

 

Breeding Habitat

Shallow water in marshes and semi-permanent or permanent ponds (beaver ponds, stock ponds, etc.) or slow moving backwater areas along rivers or streams.

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Native Range

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Map by Wyoming Natural Diversity Database