frogs

 of Tennessee

 

Pickerel Frog

Lithobates palustris
Photo by Lisa Powers

Description: Pickerel frogs (Lithobates palustris) are typically 1.75 - 3 inches long. They are brown, copper or green in color and are characterized by distinctive square spots in two rows down the back, and bright yellow to orange splotches on the inner surfaces of the upper thighs and groin.

Habitat: These frogs are found in moist woods, bogs, grassy fields near streams, and in the twilight zones of caves.

Life History: Females lay eggs underwater in loose globular masses attached to vegetation. Eggs take about 2 weeks to hatch. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 2 - 3 months.

Range: They are found throughout the state, but are more rare in the western part of Tennessee.

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Distribution of the Pickerel Frog in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

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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