Northern Red-Legged Frog

Northern Red-Legged Frog

Scientific Name – Rana aurora

Classification – Ranidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – Around 8 cm (3.1 in)

Life Expectancy – Around 15 years in captivity

Breeding Season – Late November to early April

Incubation Period – 39 to 45 days

Metamorphosis Period – Around 80 days

Special Features – Considered a true frog with typical smooth skin and a narrow waist; possess long, powerful legs which aid in jumping; color ranges from reddish brown to gray with not very prominent dark specks and blotches; possess dark facial masks and feature a single light stripe along its jawline; yellow underside with red on the lower abdomen and back legs

Family Unit – Solitary barring the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – North America

World Population – Unknown, but presumed to exceed 10,000

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Densely vegetated shoreline; aquatic habitat essential for breeding includes still waters of ponds, marshes or streams

Diet – Invertebrates, small mammals, other amphibians

Predators – Fishes, birds, snakes, mammals