Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)

DESCRIPTION: The familiar "meadow frog" with dark round spots on a background of green, greenish brown or brown. Legs may have dark spots or bars. A dark spot is seen above each eye and on the snout. A white line stretches from the nose to the shoulder, above the upper lip. Entirely white underneath. Medium - 2 to 3 1/2 inches long.

Northern Leopard Frog
Photo © Jim Harding

HABITAT: Wet meadows, grassy pond and lake edges. May wander well away from water after breeding season.

BREEDING: April-early May, in permanent ponds, marshes, and bogs. Egg masses may hold as many 6000 eggs. Tadpoles transform into frogs by mid summer.

VOICE: A low croaking snore.

RANGE AND STATUS: Found statewide. Once the most abundant frog, but numbers have fallen in recent years for reasons that are unclear. Now rare in some parts of the state.

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