Plains Leopard Frog (aka Blair's Leopard Frog)

Plains Leopard Frog

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Plains Leopard Frog

What is a Plains Leopard Frog?
A Plains Leopard Frog is a spotted frog in North America which is sometimes called “Blair’s Leopard Frog” after the University of Texas zoologist Dr. W. Frank Blair. He was involved in many committees and commissions including the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committees. 

What Do They Look Like?
They're medium in size with a light tan coloring and rounded dark spots on its back. They have smooth skin, varying from brown to green. Its head is wide and has a brown spot on its snout with a white stripe on the upper lip. Its belly is white and pale yellow. Tadpoles are gray to brown in color and roughly 3 inches long. 

How Big Do They Get?
Frogs are measured from snout to vent. A froglet is about 1.5 inches long and an adult can grow to 2-3.75 inches. Females are usually considerably larger than the males. 

What Do They Eat?
They eat small insects such as flies, beetles, worms, crickets, and grasshoppers, using the sit and wait forage strategy. Once they have sighted their prey, they follow and catch them. They forage at the water's edge unless at night.

Endangered Status
They're not listed as endangered under federal law, but are in the state if Indiana. 

Habitats in the Wild

Life Cycle Facts

Scientific Classification

This frog can be located throughout the Great Plains of the United States. Including: Indiana, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. They tend to inhabit marshes and ponds. They can frequently be seen jumping into the water, and at night you might spot them along pond shores with a flashlight.
Female Plains Leopard Frogs can lay up to several thousand eggs from spring to fall in water sources such as ponds, marshes, and muddy water.  The tadpoles that hatch early in the year will become frogs by summertime; however, tadpoles that hatch later in the year will remain tadpoles through winter and become frogs the next spring. 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Lithobates
Species: L. blairi

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