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Pickerel Frog Rana palustris


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Pickerel Frog
credit: Jacob Gorb

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Family: Ranidae, True Frogs view all from this family

Description Tan. Parallel rows of spots, square or round, sometimes forming a stripe. Light stripe on jaw. Yellow dorsolateral folds and yellow/orange belly and underneath hind legs.

Dimensions 4.4-8.7cm. (1 3/4-37/16")

Voice Low croak.

Breeding March-May. Eggs attached underwater in clusters to vegetation.

Habitat Damp areas, densely covered with vegetation near streams, swamps & ponds.

Range Wisconsin, se. Minnesota, e. Iowa, Missouri, e. Texas. Extends through northern Louisiana, most of Mississippi, northern Alabama, Georgia (U.S. state), and South Carolina to the coast.

Discussion Releases secretions that are toxic to other frogs. Nocturnal. Hibernates in winter, from October.