Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)

Description: 2 - 3½ inches. Southern Leopard Frogs are green, tan, or brown in color, with large dark spots mostly on the back, with a few on the sides of the body. The belly is white, and there are ridges that start behind each eye, and run down the length of the body (dorsolateral folds). There is a light colored line on the upper lip, and usually a light colored spot on the ear drum (tympanum).

Similar Species: Northern Leopard Frogs do not have a light spot on the ear drum, and have more spots on the sides of the body. Plains Leopard Frogs do not usually have any green coloring, and the dorsalateral folds are broken and inset near the legs. Crawfish Frogs have a marble patterned lip rather than having a light line on it.

Age in years of Most Recent Record
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