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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
LEOPARD FROG (SOUTHERN)
Rana sphenocephala

Range:
Throughout Southeast USA - New York, Florida Keys, Texas, Oklahoma. The leopard frog is spotted, like a leopard, and there are around 14 different species. This was once the most widespread frog species in North America. However, since the 1960s, its population throughout the United States has declined.
Habitat: Freshwater. Moist vegetation in summer, ponds/marshes rest of the year.
Diet: A wide variety of prey, including earthworms, spiders, centipedes, and various insects.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: Around 13.5 grams.

Length: 5.1 - 12.7cm. (2 - 5").
Lifespan: Approx. 3 years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

The breeding season for Southern Leopard Frogs is March to June. Female frogs will lay up to 4,000 eggs in shallow water, which usually attach to plant stems. Tadpoles hatch from the eggs and eat algae and other small organisms in the water, including small insect larvae and water fleas. Tadpoles will transform to adult frogs by late Spring/early Summer.


 

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