Amphibians

Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

Scientific Name: Lithobates pipiens (Formerly: Rana pipiens)

Family: Ranidae

Description & Size

  • Slimly, slightly granular skin
  • Extremely long hind legs
  • Prominent continuous lines (dorsolateral fold) that extends from head to the rear of the body on either side of the body
  • Total length:  5.0-11.1 cm (2.0-4.4 in)
  • Back color:  green with brown or grey
  • Spots:  dark colored, outlined in white
  • Belly color:  white

Habitat

  • Wet meadows
  • Semi-permanent bodies of water
  • Cattle stock tanks

Diet

  • Aquatic vegetation (larvae)
  • Aquatic bacterial colonies (larvae)
  • Arthropods
  • Worms

Life History

  • Mostly nocturnal, can be diurnal (Blomquist and Hunter Jr., 2007)
  • Active season:  March – October
  • Breeding season:  Mid-March – June
  • Lays eggs
  • 600-6000 eggs per female (Corn and Livo, 1989)

Range

Northern Leopard Frog Range