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Bronze Frog Rana clamitans clamitans


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

Description 2 1/8-3 3/8" (5.4-8.7 cm). Bronze or brown frog with a large external eardrum (larger than eye in males) and prominent dorsolateral ridges that do not reach groin. Sometimes green on upper lip. Belly white with darker pattern of lines or spots. Male may have yellow throat and swollen thumbs.

Voice Usually a single note that sounds like the plunk of a loose banjo string.

Breeding April to August. Eggs are usually laid in small clutches attached to submerged vegetation.

Habitat Lives close to shallow water, springs, swamps, brooks, and edges of ponds and lakes.

Range S. North Carolina to c. Florida and through the Gulf Coast states to e. Texas and se. Oklahoma; north to se. Missouri.

Discussion This is a primarily nocturnal frog that is sometimes mistaken for the larger Bullfrog. It overlaps with its northern counterpart, the Green Frog (R. c. melanota), in Georgia and Alabama.