Southern Leopard Frog

Lithobates sphenocephalus

This aquatic frog varies a great deal in color and pattern. Some are green, others are brown, or they may be brown and green. They are usually 2-3 inches long. All have a pointed snout and dark, round- or square-shaped spots on their back and rear legs. They also have a thin, light-colored ridge down each side of their back that looks like a pinstripe. Southern Leopard frogs are aquatic and are never found far from a lake, pond, river, swamp, or roadside ditch. They are exceptionally strong jumpers and are quick to escape by jumping into the water when scared. Southern Leopard Frogs breed and call most during Florida's cool winter months. You are most likely to see one sitting at the water's edge of lake or wetland.

Photo credit: Dr. Steve A. Johnson, University of Florida


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