Plain's Leopard Frog
2-3 ½” (5.1-9.5 cm). 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. This is a species of special concern.
“Chuck-chuck-chuck”. Guttural sound.
West-central and northwest Indiana.
Grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, earthworms, snails
Marshes, along creeks and river bottoms, sluggish streams, and wet meadows.
Marshes, wetlands, fishless ponds, roadside ditches, and ephemeral floodplain pools.
Mid-March through May.
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.
Olive brown to green with dark spots. Belly iridescent with visible internal organs. Tail lighter than body, transparent tail fins with dark lines.