Frog of the Week

California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii)

photo by Chris Brown

Common Name: California Red-legged Frog
Scientific Name: Rana draytonii
Family: Ranidae – True Frog family
Location: United States and Mexico
US Location: California
Size: 5 inches (12.7 cm)

The California Red-legged Frog is found along the coast of Baja California and California. These frogs spent most of their in or near ponds, lakes, streams, or swamps. They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

Breeding happens between late November to April.

The California Red Legged Frog is listed as a federally threatened species. Much of its range has been lost to land development. Invasive species such as the American Bullfrog and heavy use of pesticides haven’t helped the frog either. The California Red Legged Frog is the state amphibian of California.

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