Name: Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae)
Order: Frogs (Anura)
Family: True Frogs (Ranidae)
What they look like
- Brownish or green with black spots on their backs and yellow on underside
- Have small bumps on their back and sides
- Have a dark ‘mask’ with a white jaw line stripe that goes all the way to their shoulders.
Where they live
- View a map of where they live
- In Washington state found in Cascade and Olympic Mountains
- Prefer quiet water sources including ponds, lakes, marshes or slow moving streams at low elevations
- Stay near the water, except for humid, wet nights can be found in mud or thick vegetation away from water
- Breeding season is March- August, as soon as water sources are thawed out
- Eggs are bicolored, black on top and white on bottom
- Eggs are found near shore and are clumped together unattached to anything
- Will not breed in water sources that contain predatory fish
Cool Biology Facts
- Hibernate during winter and have been found up to one foot below water buried in mud.
- When startled will quickly leap into water and dive head first into the substrate
- Skin secretes antimicrobial substance to protect against unwanted infections or pests
- Major threats include introduced fish in breeding waters and habitat loss and destruction. View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.