Green Frog

Lithobates clamitans
Green Frog - Lithobates clamitans

Description: Green Frogs may be a range of colors including green, greenish brown, brown, yellow green, and olive. They generally have small irregular black spots covering their back and dark transvers bands across the legs. The belly may be white or yellow with the yellow appearing generally in the males.

Range: Eastern North America and some central areas, including Minnesota.

Habitat: Shallow fresh water, including ponds, road-side ditches, lakes, swamps, streams, and brooks.

Diet:
Wild: Green frogs will attempt to teat any mouth-sized animal they can capture, including insects, spiders, fish, crayfish, shrimp, other frogs, tadpoles, small snakes, birds, and snails. Tadpoles graze on algae and water plants.
Zoo: Crickets

Reproduction: Green frogs breed in semi-permanent or permanent freshwater. Males call from and defend territories. The distinctive call sounds like a plucked banjo string, usually given as a single note, but sometimes repeated. The breeding season is from April to August. A single egg clutch may consist of 1000 to 7000 eggs, which may be attached to submerged vegetation.

Fun Fact: Like many frogs, the Green Frog has an external ear called tympanum. The tympanum in the Green Frog may be the size of their eye, or larger!