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Green Frog

Fact File

Scientific Name: Lithobates clamitans

Classification: Amphibian

Size: Up to 3.5 inches

Identifying Characteristics

A large frog with brown or greenish dorsolateral folds that extend from in front of the tympanum to near the groin. The belly is white to gray, often with extensive small dark wormlike mottling. The throat is dusky yellow to bright yellow.


Found throughout Virginia, inhabits a wide variety of both ephemeral (temporary) and permanent wetlands that are surrounded by forested areas.

Did You Know?

Although the activity area of adults is usually less than an acre, juveniles have been known to travel up to three miles from where they were born.

Role in the Web of Life

Breeds from May-August in shallow bodies of freshwater such as ponds, marshes, woodland pools and swamps. However, they will also inhabit slow moving streams and creeks. Females may deposit up to 7,000 eggs in shallow vegetated areas, which may take up to three months to develop. Their advertisement call resembles the pluck of a banjo string given in a series of two or three notes. When startled, this frog may “yelp” as it jumps into the water.


Species appears to be secure in Virginia.

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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