American Bullfrog -Lithobates catesbeianus

American Bullfrog

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range: Throughout most of the eastern United States and into extreme southeastern Canada. From the Atlantic Coast west through the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, but absent from south Florida and most of Minnesota westward. Introduced in many localities in the western United States and elsewhere across the world.

Louisiana Range:Statewide.


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Global Conservation Status: American Bullfrogs have a relatively wide native distribution in eastern North America, a presumed large population, and tolerate a broad range of habitats, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: American Bullfrogs are a game animal in Louisiana, with an unlimited legal harvest permitted in most public waters in all months except April and May with a basic fishing license. Individual American Bullfrogs, however, must be a minimum of 5 inches snout vent length when taken in public waters.

Author's Remarks: I have found this species in nearly all permanent water situations I have herped in the state either by sight or their call.

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