Northern Red-legged Frog

Northern Red-Legged Frog

Northern Red-legged Frog

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The Northern Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora) is a species of amphibian, whose range is the coastal region stretching from southwest British Columbia to Northern California and is protected in British Columbia, Oregon and California.California Wildlife, Volume I: Amphibians and Reptiles, ed. by D.C. Zeiner et al., published by the California State Department of Fish and Game, May 2, 1988 As a member of the genus Rana, this species is considered a true frog, with characteristic smooth skin and a narrow waist. This frog requires still waters for breeding and is rarely found at any great distance from its breeding ponds or marshes.

Northern Red-legged Frog adults may attain a length of ; they have a dark facial mask and a characteristic light stripe along the jawline.R.C. Stebbins, Amphibians and Reptiles of North America, McGraw Hill, New York (1954) The Northern Red-legged Frog has long, powerful legs well adapted to jumping. It is one of two amphibian species classified as Red-legged Frog, the other species being termed California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii); however, the latter species is found primarily from Marin County southerly to Baja California. These two genetic distinct species are believed to intergrade in the counties of Marin and Sonoma. In some systems of taxonomy, this species is classified as Rana aurora aurora.


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