Amphibians: Pickerel Frog

Photo of Pickerel Frog

Pickerel Frogs (Lithobates palustris) are spotted amphibians found throughout New England. They're recognized visually by their dark squarish spots on light brown bodies. Two rows of spots usually cover their backs, but, as this Pickerel Frog shows, sometimes the spots merge to form rectangular patches. They can also be recognized by ear: listen for the snore-like calls of males from wetlands in spring (listen to this sample).

Photo of Pickerel Frog

These three photos are of a Pickerel Frog I encountered near the parking area of the Eagle Scout Nature Trail in Plainville, MA on 9/24/12.

Photo of Pickerel Frog

The related Northern Leopard Frog (for photo, see Quiz #03) has rounder spots on a typically green body, and males give more drawn-out snores (listen to this sample).

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