Northern Leopard Frog
2 to 4 inches
Record: 4 3/8 inches
one of three frogs found in Maryland that has distinct spots on the back and 2 back ridges that run from just behind the eye all the way to the tail bone
spots are not arranged in definite rows as they are in the Pickerel Frog but insides of the thighs are cream colored (not yellow as they are in the gray Treefrog)
similar in appearance to the Southern Leopard Frog except that the Southern Leopard Frog has a white spot on the tympanum, or ear drum; the Northern Leopard Frog has no spot
Photo of Habitat for Northern Leopard Frogcourtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Any freshwater habitat, including lakes, ponds, streams, small wetlands, even backyard pools
May move a far distance from water, especially in wet grasslands or woodlands
When far from a water source, they will absorb dew from wet grass
This frog is rarely found in Maryland; sightings have only occurred west of the Fall Line (roughly matched by I-95).
Listen for its call that sounds like a squeaky door being slowly opened, followed by clucking.
This is an introduced species.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401