Southern Leopard Frog - Lithobates sphenocephalus


*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: Only the Coastal Plains Leopard Frog, Lithobates sphenocephalus utricularius, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species: 

Species Range:  Southern New York, south to the Florida Keys, west to eastern Texas, north to southeastern Kansas, east through most of Missouri, southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Absent from higher elevations in the Appalachians.

Louisiana Range:  Statewide.


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Global Conservation Status:  Southern Leopard Frogs have a relatively wide distribution in the eastern 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:  Southern Leopard Frogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have found this species in most areas I have herped in the state.

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