Pickerel Frog - Lithobates palustris

Pickerel Frog

*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:  From the Maritime Provinces of Canada, south to South Carolina, west to east Texas, and north through much of much of Arkansas and southern Missouri to southeast Minnesota.

Louisiana Range:  Scattered throughout central and northern Louisiana and the Florida Parishes, but uncommon in the Mississippi River floodplain.


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Global Conservation Status:  Pickerel Frogs have a relatively wide distribution in eastern North America, a presumed large population, and tolerate a degree of habitat modification, 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:  Pickerel Frogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have only observed eight individuals of this species in the state, two in Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish in 2010 and 2011, one in early 2017 from Clear Creek WMA in Vernon Parish, one in late 2017 from Lake Bistineau State Park, one in late 2019 and another in early 2022 at Walter B. Jacobs Park in Caddo Parish, and two from Mary Ann Brown Preserve in West Feliciana Parish in 2020. I have found many in other states, particularly in Tennessee.

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