Chiricahua Leopard Frog by Kimberly Chadwick


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Published in the National Fish and Wildlife 2012 Report!

Taken at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Information from the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Leopard Frog
Order: Salientia
Family: Ranidae (true frogs)
Spanish name: rana

Distinguishing Features
At least 9 species of leopard frogs and several close relatives are found in the Sonoran Desert region. Differences among species are small and often indistinguishable to the human eye. All species are fairly large with pointed snouts, webbed hind toes, long, powerful hind limbs, and large external eardrums. Colors vary from tan to green or brown with irregular patterns composed of spots, bars, and blotches of darker green, brown or black.

These frogs occur from coast to coast and from Canada through Mexico. They are found throughout the Sonoran Desert along permanent and intermittent streams from near sea level to 7900 feet (2410 m).

These frogs inhabit permanent and intermittent streams, irrigation canals, and some ponds.

Life History
Leopard frogs are insectivorous and piscivorous (fish-eating). Highly aquatic, they often jump into water from the streambank to avoid capture. Leopard frogs may breed year-round, and tadpoles may take more than a year to metamorphose. Tadpoles get very large.

Vanishing Frogs
There appears to be a world-wide decline in amphibian populations. In our region, leopard frogs are much scarcer than in years past. A close relative, the Tarahumara frog (Rana tarahumarae), has disappeared from Arizona, the only place in the United States where it occurred. No one knows for sure why amphibian numbers are decreasing, but surely there is more than one cause. Water pollution, acid rain, ozone depletion and excessive ultraviolet radiation, habitat destruction, and introduced species (such a bullfrogs in Arizona) are being examined as potential causes for the crisis. Unfortunately natural populations of amphibians have not been subjects of intensive, long-term study. We therefore rarely know about normal population fluctuations and cannot easily determine if what we are seeing today is an overall trend or just a temporary aberration.


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  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021about 4 years ago

    Great Shot !!

  • Much appreciated Paulette!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsabout 4 years ago

    What a awesome capture!

  • Thank you M’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    super shot

  • Many thanks Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Delightful shot Kim!! He looks perfectly comfortable in that wee crevice. Nice pov.

  • LOL, he does, doesn’t he…thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    This is just brilliant, a really lovely image.

  • I promised him a fly if he stayed…lol, thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • bettyb
    bettybabout 4 years ago

    What a great looking frog

  • Thanks again Betty!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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