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What kind of frog is this?

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by smallgrayfox, Jul 16, 2005.

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  1. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Anyone know what kind of frog this is? Frogs like this started hanging around our yard last spring....they have pointy noses, and this one was in a little bit of collected rainwater in our backyard this morning, so I snapped his picture....he's got to be a water frog because he has webbed feet, but we don't have any kind of pond or creek or anything near our house, so I'm puzzled as to why they'd be living here:


  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Juliane I am going to guess some type of Southern Leopard Frog, its hard for ME to tell with it being in the water...But I'm sure our species specialists Matt (furryscaly) and Ken can identified it better. :p
  3. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    That's a southern leopard frog (Rana utricularia). Main physical difference they have from northerns is their snouts are often pointier, and they usually have a white spot in the middle of the tympanum (ear drum). Plus, in your case, they're the only leopard frog native to FL. Leopard frogs are aquatic, but can still found miles from water.

    Leopard frogs are extremely variable in color, pattern, and even size. The white tympanum spot, though usually there, can be absent in southern leos. Spots may be large, small, few, many, or completely absent in rare cases. Spots can be dark brown, black, or on some green frogs, darker green spots. Body color can be various shades of brown, grey-brown, tan, gold, and green, or combinations of these colors. Most southern leos tend to be the same color brown as the one you found though.

    Here's some pics of my southern leo frog, but he's a bit fatter than the one you found ;)





  4. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Thank you so much! And your frog is a real beauty, Matt!
  5. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    lol, he needs to go on a diet :p
  6. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    I thought it was a Northern iwannaputitintheaquarium frog.
  7. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    No, those are actually TOADS, and they're found in my grandmother's backyard. :)
  8. geckoguykc

    geckoguykc Elite Member

    definately a southern leopard frog, used to see them here until the drought killed the population here in southern New Mexico
  9. Lyn

    Lyn Elite Member

    Too much Jay!!!!

    Thanks for the laugh today...Lyn
  10. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    I agree,,,,,definately a Southern leopard....and a cute one at that !!!
  11. Ace

    Ace Elite Member


    So many cute pictures! :D
  12. kozak

    kozak Active Member

    You are lucky to have found that frog.
    They are declining/extinct where I live. :(
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