Description: Named for the array of irregularly shaped dark spots that adorn their backs and legs. They are greenish-brown in color with a pearly white underside and light-colored ridges on either side of their backs. They are 3 to 5 inches and the females are slightly larger than males.
Range: Basically the northern half of the US and nearly all of Canada ranging south in the west to Arizona and New Mexico
Habitat: Nearly any source of permanent or semi-permanent water.
Wild: Primarily insects and sometimes small snakes
Zoo: Crickets and earthworms
Reproduction: Eggs are attached to vegetation or may lie idle at the bottom of a pond and may deposited in masses of 300 to 800 eggs. Hatching occurs in about a week and tadpoles develop for one year.