southern leopard frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)


Distribution Map

Distribution Map


This species is brown or green with 2 or 3 rows of irregularly placed dark spots between conspicuous dorsolateral ridges. The spots are rounded with light borders. The head is long and pointed and there is often a white spot in the center of the eardrum. The length is from 51-89 mm. This species breeds from February to December with most breeding from April to August. This species may enter brackish water, and often wanders far from water in the summer. The voice is a chuckle-like guttural trill.


This species is found primarily in the Coastal Plain but also in scattered locations in the Piedmont. It inhabits ponds, ditches, and swamps, as well as the margins around lakes and streams.


This species forages on land primarily for insects.

More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service (direct link to species booklet).