Common name: Northern Leopard Frog
Synonyms and Other Names: Rana pipiens (see first paragraph of Remarks section)
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Size: 5.1 - 9 cm
Native Range: Southern Canada and the northern United States.
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
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Ecology: Found in streams, lakes, ponds, and wet prairies. Often called the "meadow frog" due to its wandering well away from water in the summer time. Individuals may congregate under submerged logs or rocks during the winter. Lays eggs from March to May; tadpoles transform in late June to August.
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Collins, J.T. and T.W. Taggart. 2009. Standard common and current scientific names for North American amphibians, turtles, reptiles, and crocodilians. Sixth Edition. Publication of The Center for North American Herpetology, Lawrence. iv + 44p.
Crother, B.I. (chair). Committee on Standard and English and Scientific Names. 2008. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Herpetological Circular. No. 37. iii + 86p.
Frost, D. R., T. Grant, J. Faivovich, R. H. Bain, A. Haas, C. F. B. Haddad, R. O. De Sá, A. Channing, M. Wilkinson, S. C. Donnellan, C. J. Raxworthy, J. A. Campbell, B. L. Blotto, P. Moler, R. C. Drewes, R. A. Nussbaum, J. D. Lynch, D. M. Green, and W. C. Wheeler. 2006. The amphibian tree of life. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 297:1-370 + Fig. 50 foldout.
Liz McKercher, and Denise R. Gregoire
Revision Date: 9/14/2011
Liz McKercher, and Denise R. Gregoire, 2018, Lithobates pipiens (Schreber, 1782): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=74, Revision Date: 9/14/2011, Access Date: 1/16/2018
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