Where Spotted: Between Nickel Bridge and Reedy Creek
Common Name: Green Frog
Scientific Name: Lithobates clamitans
Length: 2.3 – 3.5 in. (5.7 – 9 cm)
- The range of Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans) encompasses most of the eastern United States, from the Canadian border south to the Gulf of Mexico. Green frogs occur almost everywhere east of a line drawn from central Minnesota south through central Iowa, southeast through Missouri (excluding the northwestern corner), and south through central Oklahoma and eastern Texas.
- Adults generally breed in the same lakes and permanent wetlands they inhabit during the non-breeding season, so migrations to breeding sites are rare. Males remain at the breeding sites for ≤ 2 mo, but females usually only stay for about 1 wk when they mate and deposit eggs.
- Green Frog tadpoles will typically, but not always, overwinter for 1 yr prior to metamorphosing the following spring. While overwintering, and despite cold temperatures, tadpoles remain active and likely feed.
- Green Frog adults are “sit-and-wait” predators and will feed both day and night.
- Green Frog prey that includes invertebrates such as annelids, mollusks, millipedes, centipedes, crustaceans, and arachnids; insects such as coleopterans, dipterans, ephemeropterans, hemipterans, lepidopterans, odonates, orthopterans, and trichopterans; and vertebrates such as fishes and other frogs; vegetable matter; and shed skins.
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