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Southern Leopard Frog

Rana sphenocephala

 

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Rana_sphenocephala_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

This species is a habitat generalist found in almost any body of water  including ponds, lakes, ditches, streams, river edges and even brackish water.

BREEDING SEASON

Year round, peaks in early Spring

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Rana capito, Rana clamitans, Rana grylio

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Rana_sphenocephala_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Dorsal eyes. Tadpole usually possess a vertical white line down the middle of the snout between the nostrils. This can be a key identifying feature.

Body

Body color of Rana spehenocephala tadpoles is variable. They can be light or dark, usually an olive green with distinct black mottling.  The belly is a light pink and the intestinal coil may be seen under the skin. 

Tail

The tail fin has a low to medium arch, and the fins range from being clear to covered with large dark spots.

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Large: 3.5 inches, 89mm.

Rana_sphenocephala_tadpole_length

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