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Southern Leopard Frog

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Scientific name: Rana sphenocephala

The basics:
Southern leopard frogs range throughout the eastern United States, from New Jersey east as far as Nebraska and Oklahoma and south into the eastern third of Texas. Southern leopard frogs are found near freshwater habitats in their range and are nocturnal. They hide during the day in vegetation at the edge of the water and when threatened, they jump into the water and swim away.

This species is similar to the Pickerel frog (Rana palustris) and the Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens).

Appearance / health:
The southern leopard frog grows to a length of 2 to 3.5 inches (about 5 to 9 cm). Its color varies from tan to several shades of brown to green. The dorsum (back) is usually covered with irregular dark brown spots between distinct light colored areas. Large dark spots on its legs may create the effect of bands. Other distinguishing characteristics include a light line along its upper jaw, light spot on its tympanum (ear), and long hind legs and toes. It is slender, with a narrow, pointed head. Males are smaller than females, but with enlarged forearms and thumbs and paired vocal sacs that look like balloons when inflated.

Housing:
Leopard frogs are semi-aquatic and need a land area as well as a enough water to submerge their bodies.
A ten gallon tank is good for one individual. The tank can be kept at room temperature - 68-75 F (20-24 C). Southern leopard frogs have a lifespan of 3 years.

Diet:
Leopard frogs should be fed a variety of invertebrates such as crickets, wax worms, fly larvae, and earthworms.

challenging

terrarium.Leopard frogs, frequent tank cleanings

interesting

longfibre sphagnum moss, soilless potting mix, wellplanted haulingout area, leopard frog tadpoles

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Southern Leopard Frog

From Jun 27 2013 11:06PM

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