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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


wood frogs

Although somewhat different in appearance, these three wood frogs were observed at the same site in Hopkinton, NH.  Photo by Mike Marchand. Select image for larger view.