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Gopher Frog Rana capito

   

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Gopher Frog
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Family: Ranidae, True Frogs view all from this family



Description Stout. Brown-black, sometimes cream. Darker spots on back/sides, sometimes forming blotches. Smooth, warty skin. Webbed feet except half of largest hind toe.


Dimensions 5.7-11.4cm. (2 1/4-4 1/2")


Subspecies Carolina - Dark spots on chest. North Carolina to Georgia coastal plain.
Florida - White/cream, spotted chin. Florida Peninsula & panhandle, Georgia.
Dusky - spotted chest, dark color, rough back. Louisiana to Florida panhandle.


Voice Guttural snore. Choruses more pronounced sometimes after rains.


Breeding Year-round in warm areas. Spring-summer. Eggs laid in shallow water on rocks or vegetation.


Habitat Threatened sandhill communities, flatwoods, and scrub in the Atlantic coastal plain near ponds.


Range North Caolina to Florida coastal plain, along gulf & Louisiana.


Discussion Nocturnal. Can travel quite far to reach breeding ponds. Rarely leaves burrow or hiding place apart from during breeding. Normally a burrow of an abandoned crawfish or rodent. Will eat anything it can catch.


 

 

 

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