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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Nongame & Endangered Wildlife > Frogs & Toads of Indiana > Plain's Leopard Frog Plain's Leopard Frog

Plain's Leopard FrogDescription

2-3 ½” (5.1-9.5cm). Dorsolateral ridge starts at the eye and interrupts near back end. Snout spot usually present. External eardrum has light center. Gray or brown with dark round spots on back. Belly is white, groin is often yellow.

Call Description

“Chuck-chuck-chuck”. Guttural sound.

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Indiana Range

Poorly known. Species of special concern.

Diet

Grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, earthworms, snails

Habitat

Marshes, along creeks, farm ponds, sluggish streams, wet meadows.

Breeding Habitat

Marshes, wetlands, fishless ponds, and roadside ditches.

Breeding Season

Mid-March to Mid-May

Eggs

Females may deposit 3,000-5,000 eggs in globular clusters. Usually laid in shallow water and attached to submerged vegetation a few inches below the surface of the water. Hatch in 1-2 weeks.

Tadpoles

Olive brown to green with dark spots. Belly iridescent with visible internal organs. Tail lighter than body, transparent tail fins with dark lines.