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Gopher Frog

Rana capito

 

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Rana_capito_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

Ephemeral fishless ponds, adults inhabit the burrows of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in sandy scrub areas.

BREEDING SEASON

Year round, but only in response to heavy rainfall

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Rana sphenocephala

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Rana_capito_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Dorsal eyes.

Body

Rana capito tadpoles have deep bodies that are overall greenish and lack spots. The belly is cream to yellow and the intestinal coil is not visible. 

Tail

The tail is long with a medium sized arch of the dorsal fin. Fins can be either clear or with spots.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Large: 3.5 inches, 90 mm.

Rana_capito_tadpole_length

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