frogs

 of Tennessee

 

Southern Leopard Frog

Lithobates sphenocephalus
 
Photo by Lisa Powers

Description:  Southern leopard frogs (Lithobates sphenocephalus) are 2.5 - 3 inches long. They are green and brown in color with dark rounded spots on the back, a light line on the lip, and a light spot in the center of the tympanum. They have a long pointed snout.

Habitat: Southern leopard frogs are found in shallow permanent or semi-permanent water from woodland ponds to roadside ditches.

Life History: Females may produce 3000 - 5000 eggs laid in a globular mass and attached to stems of vegetation. Eggs hatch in 7 - 12 days. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 2 -3 months.

Range: Found throughout Tennessee except in the eastern high elevations

Additional Notes:

Behavior: These frogs may travel far from water if there is adequate cover.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

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