Name: Northern Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora)
Order: Frogs (Anura)
Family: True Frogs (Ranidae)
What they look like
- Males up to 7cm, females twice as big, up to 14cm
- Red to brownish coloring sometimes with black splotches and black flecks
- Have a black ‘mask’ with a white jawline that doesn’t extend to shoulders and eyes that turn outward
- Long legs with black bands and red on underside
- Have folds in skin on their back and along sides
Where they live
- View a map of where they live
- Found primarily west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state
- Prefer forest wetlands and quiet, permanent water
- In wet, humid weather have been known to venture from water sources into well-shaded vegetation
- They have an unusually short breeding period of 1-2 weeks, sometime between January and April
- Need cool water for breeding and sometimes will start breeding before water has completely thawed out from winter freezing.
- Eggs are attached to branches near water surface a few feet from the shoreline
Cool Biology Facts
- Have very quiet voices and are not often heard by humans, sometimes calling underwater
- They have been known to live as long as 15 years in the wild (in colder areas of range).
- Major threats are introduced species and habitat destruction. View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.