Pickerel Frog
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Pickerel Frog
Pickerel Frog

Online Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Connecticut

Pickerel Frog - Rana palustris


Greatly resembles a leopard frog. This 3-inch (7.62-cm) true frog is greenish-gray above with dark spots forming nearly perfect rectangles arranged in two longitudinal rows on the back. The dorsolateral ridge is often white or cream in color and extends from the ear to the pelvis. The belly coloration is white, while the color of the groin and the underside of the hind legs is yellow or orange.



Spawns in marshy ponds in the spring. Males call from underwater.






Often found in high grass near temporary pools of water. Favors shallow water in open-canopy areas (see Klemens 1993). Can also be found in bogs, fens, rivers, streams and ponds.






Widely distributed throughout the state with populations known in almost every town.






The skin secretes a toxin to protect the frog from predators. Care should be taken not to get this into the eyes as it can cause irritation.



Conant, R. and J.T. Collins. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern/Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 450 pp.

Klemens, M.W. 1993. Amphibians and Reptiles of Connecticut and Adjacent Regions. Hartford, CT: State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut Bulletin 112. 318 pp.



Text by Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell.
Photograph (top) © Twan Leenders. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Photograph (bottom) © Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Animals featured in photographs on this page are from Connecticut.

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