Wood frog

Wood Frog

(Rana sylvatica)

NH Conservation Status: Not listed

State Rank Status: Widespread and secure

Distribution: Throughout NH

Description: A 1.5"-3" tan, brown, or pink frog with a dark mask running across the eye that ends at the eardrum. There are prominent ridges that run along the back and a light stripe across the upper jaw.

Commonly Confused Species: None

Habitat: Terrestrial, found in various wooded habitats. Also found along the vegetated edges of ponds and streams, wooded wetlands, and bogs.

Life History: Up to 3000 eggs are laid in globular masses in vernal pools. Eggs may be laid communally and give the appearance of a giant mass of eggs. Hibernates under woody debris on forest floor.

Voice: Short raspy quacks, like a duck

Conservation Threats: Species is secure

Distribution map: Click here for a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH

Wood frog call - click "play" triangle to listen: 
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Wood frogs have a dark mask that runs across each eye. Photo by Mike Marchand
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Wood frogs can vary in their color pattern as this individual is more reddish that the usual tan or brown coloration. Photo by Karlene Schwartz


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