Pickerel Frog Lithobates palustris (LeConte, 1825)
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Anura   >   Family Ranidae   >   Genus Lithobates   

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Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) is a medium-sized spotted frog species, rather similar in pattern to a leopard frog. Unlike leopard frogs, the paired dark spots of Pickerel are more square-shaped or rectangular. There is a diagnostic bright yellow patch on the inner surface of the hind legs, dorsolateral ridges reaching to the groin, and a conspicuous pale streak on the upper lip. This frog is at home in cooler waters of boggy or swampy habitats, and riparian corridors. The call is a short, quiet snoring sound (Conant & Collins, 1998). Pickerel Frogs are distributed throughout Maryland.

There are 267 records in the project database.

Pickerel Frog calling in Caroline Co., Maryland (3/18/2018). - Jim Brighton.

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A Pickerel Frog in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/18/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog found in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/21/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Howard Co., Maryland (10/18/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/11/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2012). Photo by Rod Burley. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/6/2016). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Harford Co., Maryland (4/17/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/3/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog (below) and Southern Leopard Frog in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/29/2012). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Pickerel Frog in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/27/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Pickerel Frog eggs in Howard Co., Maryland (4/2/2010). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Pickerel Frog eggs in Howard Co., Maryland (4/5/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)


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