Mink Frog

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The Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis) is a small species of frog native to the United States and Canada. They are so named for their scent, which reportedly smells like a mink. The scent is more akin to that of rotting onions to those unfamiliar with mink. It is also sometimes referred to as the North Frog.

Physical description

The Mink Frog is a small frog, growing up to . The dorsum is generally green in color, with darker green and brown blotching and the belly is a cream, yellow or white in color. They are sexually dimorphic in that males typically have a bright yellow colored throat, while females have a white colored throat, and the tympanum of the male is larger than the eye, while the female's is smaller than or the same size as the eye.

Ecology and behavior

The Mink Frog is predominantly aquatic, living among the vegetation (especially among lily pads) in ponds, swamps, and streams around wooded areas. They feed on a wide variety of things, including spiders, snails, beetles, and other invertebrates. As tadpoles they consume primarily algae and decaying plant matter.


Mating generally takes place in late spring and early summer. Males call to attract females while floating in the water. Between 500 and 4000 eggs can be laid by the female at any one time, generally in deep water. Tadpoles remain in the larval stage for approximately one year before metamorphosing into froglets. Maturity is reached in a year for males, and two years for...
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