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Fish & Wildlife > Nongame & Endangered Wildlife > Wildlife Diversity - Herpetology > 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.

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.

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