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Southern Leopard Frog

Southern leopard frog is a species of frog native to the eastern United States. It is a true frog species. It is mostly nocturnal, but can be active during the day also especially during rainfall. There are two recognized subspecies of this species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Ranidae
    Genus Lithobates
    Scientific Name Lithobates sphenocephalus


    Size Up to 13 cm
    Color Green or brown with a yellowish ridge along either side of the back
    Distribution Eastern United States (native); Bahamas and southern California (introduced species)
    Habitat Shallow freshwater areas, brackish marshes along the coast, also found in areas which are some distance away from water with adequate vegetation and moisture
    Diet Insects, small invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate in northern part of its range
    Predators Fish, skunks, raccoons, aquatic snakes
    Breeding Season Winter and spring; sometimes fall
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 1500 eggs
    Incubation Period 4 days to almost 2 weeks
    Metamorphosis Period 50 to 75 days
    Average Lifespan Around 3 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 13th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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