Mountain Yellow Legged Frog

Mountain Yellow Legged Frog

Scientific Name – Rana muscosa

Classification – Ranidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 4 to 8.9 cm

Life Expectancy – Around 14 years

Breeding Season – March to May

Incubation Period – 18 to 21 days

Metamorphosis Period – 1 to 3.5 years

Special Features – Has a smooth tympanum with dark toe tips; produces a smelly secretion when disturbed; slim waist, smooth skin with long legs; hind feet is webbed

Family Unit – Solitary and territorial

Geographical Distribution – California (United States)

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – Mountain creeks, lakes and lakeshores, pools, streams

Diet – Insects like beetles, ants, wasps, bees, flies, dragonflies

Predators – Snakes, birds, raccoons