Plains Leopard Frog

Plains Leopard Frog

Scientific Name – Lithobates blairi

Classification – Ranidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 2.0 to 4.3 in (5.1 to 10.9 cm)

Life Expectancy – Not known

Breeding Season – Late March to early June and August to October

Incubation Period – 5 to 20 days

Metamorphosis Period – Around 3 months

Special Features – The legs are long and strong which helps in leaping long distances; incomplete dorsolateral folds that are broken towards the rear; the area around the cloaca contains tubercles

Family Unit – Solitary animal except the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – United States of America

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Streams, creeks, ponds, stock tanks, other man-made waters, sloughs

Diet – Variety of invertebrates, also some vertebrates

Predators – Raccoons, opossums, skunks, western gartner snake