Southern Leopard Frog
Lithobates sphenocephalus

Southern Leopard Frog

Description: The Southern Leopard Frog is generally green or brown in color, with a distinct light spot occurring in the center of its eardrum. It has a long, pointed head, and a light line extends along its upper jaw. Unlike its similar, heavily round-spotted relative, the northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens), only a few dark spots occur on the sides of the southern leopard frog. The dark spots on the upper surface of its body are highly variable in occurrence, and often elongated.

Size: The southern leopard frog is usually 2.25-3.5 inches in length.

Habitat: The habitat of the southern leopard frog includes shallow, freshwater or slightly brackish marshes, mixed hardwood swamps, and cypress swamps. During the summer it prefers vegetated or weed encroached areas away from the water where shade is prevalent.

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Development of these pages was a cooperative effort. Photos were supplied by Barry Mansell Photos and calls were provided by Paul Moler, state herpetologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.