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Carpenter Frog Rana virgatipes


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Carpenter Frog
credit: Svdmolen

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Ranidae, True Frogs view all from this family

Description Brown. Yellowish stripes on back. Webbed feet except longest toe.

Dimensions 4.1-6.6cm. (1 5/8-2 5/8")

Voice Resembles carpenters hammering of nails.

Breeding April-August. Eggs attached to vegetation. Transforms in the following spring.

Habitat Bogs and spagnum fringes of ponds & lakes. Slow moving water near surface vegetation.

Range New jersey coastal plain to Georgia.

Discussion Nocturnal. Often spotted close to water, but not in it. Leaps into water when disturbed or frightened. Hides under vegetation and swims to surface to watch for predator.