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Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog

(Rana (=Lithobates) kauffeldi)


This medium-sized frog is very similar in appearance to the southern leopard frog. It has 2 or 3 rows of brown or green irregularly placed dark spots between conspicuous dorsolateral ridges. The snout is more rounded than the southern leopard frog and the pattern more muted. The characteristic white spot on the center of the eardrum of the southern leopard frog is much duller in appearance in the Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog. The inside of the thighs has a reticulated yellow or green pattern on a dark to black background. Since this species was not described in Virginia until 2015, very little is known about its ecology. It appears to be more of a habitat specialist in comparison to the southern leopard frog, occupying forested riparian wetlands. Mating season begins in late February and probably runs until early April. The voice is a “quack-like” call similar to a wood frog.


This species has been found in the Chickahominy, Nottoway, Blackwater and Northwest river watersheds, but most likely ranges throughout the Coastal Plain along the Chesapeake Bay.


Feeds primarily on insects.