Pig Frog - Lithobates grylio


*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:  Southern South Carolina south through peninsular Florida, west to southeastern Texas.

Louisiana Range:  Southern Louisiana and the Florida Parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Pig Frogs have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, 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:  Pig Frogs 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 Pig Frogs, however, must be a minimum of 3 inches snout vent length when taken in public waters. 

Author's Remarks: In Louisiana, I have only detected this species at five locations, Cypress Island Preserve (Lake Martin) in St. Martin Parish, Big Branch Marsh NWR in St. Tammany Parish, Jean Lafitte NHP in Jefferson Parish, and in the southern Atchafalaya Basin at Perched Lake and Old River.

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