Northern Leopard Frog

The Amphibian Notes
Name: Northern Leopard Frog
Species: Lithobates pipiens
Native to :  Canada and the United States. Only isolated populations in the southern grass and wetlands of Alberta. The grandchildren used to find them in the creek and the golf course water hazards near where our cabin was. Hard to say where the frogs ended up after the area was flooded out in 2013.
Date Seen: September 2009
Location: South Eastern Alberta near the Bow River

Notes: One of the largest frog species found in Alberta, they vary in size between 2 and 5 in (5-13 cm); green or brown in colour with numerous dark spots. Fairly easily caught by young boys – who release them a short time later.

Photos: Northern Leopard Frog in a bucket of water with photo filters applied in the program Topaz Studio:

After the flood:

9 thoughts on “Northern Leopard Frog

      1. It’s a saying I picked up from a Southern friend of mine. It has a couple of different applications. What happened to frog’s car when he parked in a no-parking zone? He was toad.

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  1. I was working over my photos from the Trinity Alps in northern California a few days ago and came across one I had taken of a leopard frog. Quite similar. –Curt


    1. I’ve read that the leopard frog’s numbers are in decline in western Canada and USA, but not in the East. Another one of those ‘wonder why’ questions…


  2. The pictures are great. This post reminded me of something my dad told me. He had been in Edmonton, and it started “raining tadpoles”. The streets were just covered in them. This would have been at least 80 years ago. Strange how the memory works as I haven’t thought of the tadpole story for years.


    1. I’ve never heard of ‘raining tadpoles’ – so I had to look it up! I found that waterspouts (whirlwinds over water) can pick up small things when they are over water and then drop the things when they get over land. There have been reports of frog and fish rains!

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