Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog
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The genus Lithobates was split from Rana by Frost et al in 2006. This has been a controversial change ever since, and many authorities continue to use Rana.
Laguna Grande Park, Seaside, Monterey County, CaliforniaJuly 15, 1998
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Bullfrogs are extremely skittish for such large strapping frogs. I managed one long-distance telephoto shot of this one before a scrub jay squawked by and the frog vanished into the muck.
Garland Ranch Regional Park, Monterey County, CaliforniaSeptember 20, 1998
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
There were many small to mid-sized bullfrogs on the edge of the pond this day. Most would leap into the the water and hide in the murky bottom at the first small motion ten yards away, but an occasional foolhardy individual would sit still long enough for me to snap a photo.
Coachella Valley Preserve, Riverside County, CaliforniaAugust 1, 1999
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
In the century since they were first brought to the west coast as food stock for the gold rushers, bullfrogs have established themselves in nearly every viable stream or pool in California, even in this palm oasis in the middle of the Mojave desert. This little fellow is just making the tadpole-to-frog transition, and still has a bit of its tail left.
Garland Ranch Regional Park, Monterey County, CaliforniaJuly 6, 2008
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Here's a very large bullfrog looking smug in a pond in which it and its fellow aliens have probably eaten most of the native Sierran Treefrogs, Southern California Toads, etc.
Red Rock Canyon State Park, Caddo County, OklahomaApril 25, 2011
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
On our mission to visit every Red Rock Canyon State Park in the country, we hit Oklahoma's during a cold spell that kept all of the herps hidden except for this lonely young bullfrog.
Henry W. Coe State Park, Santa Clara County, CaliforniaJuly 15, 2013
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
I expected to find garter snakes in the streams on a pleasantly warm July day, but garter snakes were nowhere to be found. Perhaps the bullfrogs had eaten them all, or eaten all of their food.
Bend/Sunriver Thousand Trails campground, Deschutes County, OregonSeptember 4, 2013
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
The creek running alongside this campground was a-hopping with bullfrogs of every size and shape. Well, OK, I guess they were all bullfrog-shaped, but they ranged in size from teeny metamorphs to big honking adults. As I walked along the creek looking for more interesting herps, five or ten bullfrogs would squeak and leap into the water ahead of me.
Elijah Bristow State Park, Lane County, OregonJune 26, 2015
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
When in the western United States, it is always a sad moment when one recognizes that a frog one has just seen is just another bullfrog. Any native species is always a better discovery.
Deception Pass State Park, Island County, WashingtonJuly 5, 2015
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Fooey, another bullfrog. Not a bad-looking frog though.
Linn County, IowaMay 6, 2017
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Hey, look, yet another bullfrog! At least this one is in its natural range.
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