Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog
The genus Lithobates for a portion of the frogs formerly placed in Rana has been controversial, and some authorities have rejected it. I'm sticking with it for, following the SSAR names list.
Jackson County, MissouriMay 4, 2017
Plains Leopard Frog (Lithobates blairi)
This large, fat (gravid?) frog must have been quite confident of either its camouflage or its jumping ability, as it sat still in the leaf litter for at least fifteen minutes, quite some distance from the nearest water, while a small procession of photographers immortalized it digitally. This particular type of leopard frog can be distinguished from its lookalikes by the way its dorsolateral ridge stops has an inset piece near the groin.
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