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Lithobates palustris (Le Conte, 1825)
PICKEREL FROG
Rana palustris

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Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris

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Lithobates palustris, Pickerel Frog
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Lithobates palustris, Pickerel Frog
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Lithobates palustris, Pickerel Frog
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Lithobates palustris, Pickerel Frog
Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris

Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris

Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris

Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris

Lithobates palustris
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Lithobates palustris
Lithobates palustris, thighs
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Pickerel Frog - Rana palustris

  • Diagnostic Features:
    • Size: 1.75 to 3.5 inches (44 to 87 mm)
    • Color:
      • Typically light brown
    • Other:
      • Smooth skin with poison-secreting glands
      • Light line along upper jaw
      • Dorsal spots square and arranged in parallel lines, may merge to form oblong bars
      • Dorsal spots dark and outlined in white
      • Yellow or orange coloration on concealed surfaces of hind limbs
      • Ventral surfaces white with dark mottling
      • Has dorsolateral folds
      • Banded hind legs
  • Natural History:
    • Habitat:
      • This frog prefers clear, cool water environments. It is seen in lakes and ponds.
    • Behavior:
      • It is nocturnal and hibernates from November to February. It secretes a toxin when captured.
    • Breeding:
      • Breeding occurs after emerging from hibernation in February and continues to May.
      • Large Egg masses of about 2500 eggs are attached to underwater vegetation.
      • Activity is encouraged by heavy rain
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  • Voice: Sonogram : Call ( Hall, Elbert, & Barrow Counties ) Spring Peepers in background.
    • Low-pitched vibrant croak lasting 1-2 seconds
    • Only single type of call as in contrast to Southern Leopard Frog , a frequent calling associate
    • Paired vocal sacs
    • May call while completely submerged
    • Call does carry, but can be hard to pick out in mixed chorus situations
  • Tadpoles:
    • Tadpole stage: 70 - 80 days
    • Transformed size: 19 - 27 mm
    • LTRF usually 2/3; regardless of size, stage or range
    • iris with iridophores in life; length of one side of A-2/width of medial gap 0.2-0.5; P-2/P-3 ca. 1.2; P-1 with medial gap; midventral marginal papillae large; few scattered submarginal papillae laterally; dorsal fin with high arch and originates anterior to tail-body junction; white line absent; ground color of body purplish-black freckled with lighter pigment, tail fin uniformly speckled; white line extending posteriorly from near base of oral disc usually faint; early spring breeder in lentic and slow-flowing lotic sites over much of designated area except for Florida
  • Range:
    • In North America, this frog is found from the Canadian Maritime Provinces south to the Carolinas, and west to form a line from Minnesota to Texas.
    • In Georgia, it is found in the northern part of the state.

    • In Light Blue : Williamson, Gerald K. & Moulis, Robert A., Distribution of Amphibians and Reptiles in Georgia, Special Publication No. 3, Savannah Science Museum, Inc. Savannah, Georgia, 1994
    • In Green : Sound Recordings
    • In Yellow : From Both '94 study and Sound Recordings
    • In Magenta : Photograph, not found by '94, may or may not be sound record
    • In Medium Blue : Photograph and in '94 study, may or may not be sound record 
    • In Orange : County Record by other Herp Atlas Volunteers
    • In Red : US Distribution from various sources

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