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Red-legged Frog Rana aurora


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Red-legged Frog, Northern subspecies
credit: Walter Siegmund

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Family: Ranidae, True Frogs view all from this family

Description Reddish-brown/gray. Dark blotches & specks. Dorsolateral folds. Light stripe on jaw. Yellow belly with red on underside of legs and abdomen. Enlarged forearms and toes on males.

Dimensions 5.1-13.6cm. (2-5 3/8")

Voice Harsh, throaty notes, 2-3 seconds long.

Breeding January-March. Eggs laid in permanent water, 200-1,100 eggs in a cluster. hatch after 39-45 days.

Habitat Permanent water sources, Ponds, lakes, marshes.

Range British Columbia to Washington, Oregon & Northern California.

Discussion Diurnal. Breeds over a few days. California Red-Legged Frog used t be considered a subspecies. It's threatened and protected.