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Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvatica)

Wood FrogNH 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: View a map showing the towns where this species is reported to occur in NH PDF Document

 

 

Wood Frog

Wood frogs have a dark mask that runs across each eye. Photo by Mike Marchand

Wood Frog

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