Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius) - HM 277081
Observed:
2019-07-11 13:17:16
Last Modified:
2019-07-11 13:46:37
Country:
United States of America
State:
Texas
County:
Fort Bend
Age:
Deceased:
no
Notes:
Approx. 4" in length, found foraging upland (about 50' and two fences away from the water) after a storm below some bushes. This is the largest leopard frog I've ever seen--unfortunately, I more frequently find juveniles gravely injured or deceased after a misfortunate encounter with domestic pets. This specimen was also much browner than others I've seen, and the characteristic light-colored side stripes are less prominent, but due to its size and shape, I'm fairly positive it is a leopard frog, and not a juvenile bullfrog, although I am not an expert, just a fan. I'm unsure if the coloration is due to phenotypic expression, temporary to aid in camouflage, or due to my presence making the frog uneasy.
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