Frog of the Week

Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)


Common Name: Wood Frog
Scientific Name: Lithobates sylvaticus
Family: Ranidae – True Frog family
Location: United States and Canada
States:Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Size: 70 mm or 2.8 inches

These frogs are amazing at surviving the coldness of winter. They are able to freeze and thaw out with their surroundings with little damage to their body. Researchers are studying how they can use this technique for organ transplants to preserve human organs for longer time without damage.

Wood frogs are distinguishable by the raccoon-like mask on their face. They are the most wide-spread North American amphibian species. They are even found in the Arctic circle.


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