Northern Leopard Frog

 Lithobates pipiens

Juvenile and Adult

  • White or cream-coloured ridges of skin (dorsolateral folds) along sides of back
  • Large round or oval dark spots with light borders
  • Background colour: green to brown or tan; rarely golden

Body length: up to 13 cm


  • Three or more snore-like sounds followed by interspersed grunting and chuckling sounds


  • Laid in a firm, grapefruit-sized, globular mass, with each egg having a relatively thin jelly layer


  • Eyes located centrally on body as viewed from above
  • Spiracle located high on body, in middle of left side as viewed from side
  • Tail length at least 1.5 times body length
  • Dark brown, gray or olive above (often with gold speckles); whitish below


  • Closely associated with major river drainages and their tributaries in southern and southeastern portions of the province
  • Also occurs in the Canadian Shield region of northeastern Alberta
  • Isolated population near Wainwright

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