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Northern Leopard Frogs Migrating

Northern Leopard Frogs (Lithobates pipiens) are often found in wet, grassy meadows where they spend the summer after breeding in a body of water.  Come fall, they typically migrate towards the shoreline of a pond, traveling up to two miles in order to do so. 

Northern Leopard Frogs cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, so as it begins cooling off in October and November, these irregularly-spotted amphibians seek protection by entering the water and spending the winter months hibernating on the bottom of the pond. They are sometimes covered with a thin layer of silt, sometimes not. Usually they clear the area either side of themselves in order to facilitate respiration. Movement, if there is any, is very slow. 

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4 responses

  1. That explains why I saw a Leopard Frog in a field two weeks ago while heading toward a woodland. I live in Ontario Canada, so it’s migration would be starting earlier up here than down where you are. It was the largest Leopard Frog I have ever seen.

    October 7, 2020 at 8:15 am

  2. Alice

    I love the eyes of frogs & toads. I haven’t seen any Leopard frogs this year.

    October 7, 2020 at 8:49 am

  3. Diane Alexander

    Nature never ceases to amaze me. How’s by you?

    October 7, 2020 at 9:39 am

  4. Sandy DeRosa

    Wondering if Pickerel Frogs do this, too? I’ve had one in my front garden all summer.

    October 8, 2020 at 8:05 am

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