Northern leopard frog

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Northern leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae: Rana [Lithobates] pipiens) photographed 09/04/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Northern leopard frogs (Anura: Ranidae: Rana [Lithobates] pipiens) are well-adapted to a variety of habitats and can be found throughout much of North America. These relatively cold-tolerant amphibians range well into Canada and through elevations up to 11,000 feet.

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Northern leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae: Rana [Lithobates] pipiens) photographed 09/04/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

During their mating season from March to June these frogs are most often encountered near ponds, marshes, and bogs. As with other amphibians they lay their eggs in slow or standing water, and their young tadpoles feed and develop in these aquatic environments.

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Northern leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae: Rana [Lithobates] pipiens) photographed 09/04/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Later in the summer and autumn adults are known to wander from their watery breeding grounds. They can sometimes be found among meadows, fields, lawns, and golf courses. I came across this striking individual along a lawn/meadow margin here in rural southeast Michigan the other day.

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About Jeremy Sell

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2 Responses to Northern leopard frog

  1. Another great tutorial, love the photos.

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