Friday, November 27, 2009

Green Frog

Green frogs, Rana clamitans, in the tamily Ranidae, are divided into two subspecies the bronze frog, R. c clamitans, and the frog R. c melanda. The bronze frog, found from the coastal plain of North Carolina to east Texas, exclusive of most of peninsular Florida, is brown or bronze above and has a while belly marked with dark, wormlike lines. Males have yellowish throats at breeding time. The green frog, found from the Canadian mantime provinces south to the Carolinas and Oklahoma, is green or greenish brown and usually spotted above and white below, often with spots on the lower lip and legs. In both subspecies the tympanum, or eardrum, is as large as, or larger than, the eye, and the prominent ridges on the upper sides of the body do not extend to the groin. Adults attain lengths of 6.3 to 9.0 cm (2.5 to 3.5 in).

Female Green Frog

Green Frogs are abundant and long-lived, surviving for up to ten years. Insects are their main food. The frog's call is a single loud sound, often repeated three of four times. The green frog is common to the shallow freshwater ponds and streams of eastern North America.

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