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Leopard Frog

(Rana pipiens)

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The most common frog species in Minnesota, the Leopard Frog can be seen in a variety of habitats, often venturing high up into meadows where other true frogs rarely go. It has smooth green or brown skin, with spots of varying patterns. Some Leopard frogs are in fact born with no spots through a natural mutation known as the “Burnsi” variation.

Males call from ponds or swamps, and shallow parts of the lakes. The call is a deep snore, followed by various deep grunts or groans. Males usually call alone or in groups of two or three. Leopard frogs are not as visible as Bullfrogs when calling, and have two smaller vocal sacs that extend from the sides of the head. They have also been known to call from under water.

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