Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris)
DESCRIPTION: Similar to Leopard Frog, however both spots on back and legs of Pickerel Frog are more square in shape, and insides of hind legs are bright yellow or orange. 2 to 3 inches long.
Photo © Jim Harding
HABITAT: Pollution-free waters: grassy edged streams, bogs, clear ponds. Prefers cooler waters than Leopard Frog.
BREEDING: April-May, in ponds and slow backwaters. Globular egg masses may contain 2000 eggs. Tadpoles transform into frogs in late summer.
VOICE: A soft, short snore-like croak.
RANGE AND STATUS: Generally rare statewide, but may be locally common.
Pickerel Frog Occurrences Map