of Tennessee


Dusky Gopher Frog

Lithobates sevosus
Photo by Bob English, LEAPS

Description:  Gopher frogs (Lithobates sevosus) are 2.5 - 3.5 inches long. They are dark gray in color with dark irregular spots on the back, and a mottled belly. They have prominent folds of skin extending down the back.

Habitat: The dusky gopher frog is found in wooded areas where it spends the daylight hours underground in the burrows of other animals.

Life History: The dusky gopher frog is an explosive breeder, all of the mature, healthy adults in a population breeding at once. The males usually call to attract females only after heavy rains. Females lay egg masses of up to 7000 eggs and attach them to vegetation. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 3 - 4 months.

Range: Only two individuals of this species have been found in Tennessee in the central region.

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