Frog of the Week

Florida Bog Frog (Rana okaloosae)

Floridae Bog Frog
photo by Kevin Enge

Common Name: Florida Bog Frog
Scientific Name: Rana okaloosae
Family: Ranidae – True Frog family
Locations: United States – Florida
Size: 1.3 – 1.9 inches (34 to 49 mm)

The Florida Bog Frog lives in bogs in the panhandle of Florida. They are the smallest species of True Frogs in the United States. The frogs have a brownish-yellow body with a yellow throat.

The frogs mate between April and August. During this time, males call out from shallows of water bodies to attract females. Once the female arrives, the male grasps her from behind in the amplexus position. Next, the female starts to lay her eggs and the males fertilize them. Neither parent provides any parental care.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the Florida Bog Frog as Vulnerable to Extinction. The frog is only found in a small drainage areas in the panhandle of Florida. These areas are threatened by poor watershed management, leading to excessive stream siltation. As well, they are also threatened by fire suppression, leading to oaks trees taking over the bogs they live in.

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