Florida Leopard Frog



Almost impossible to distinguish the two, I believe this one is a Florida subspecies based on geography, having been photographed in Port Charlotte, Florida

Florida Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus) is a subspecies of the Southern Leopard Frog (S. p. utricularius).

Both frogs are easily identified by the white “target spot” in the center of the tympanic membrane. Frequently used for classroom dissection, Southern Leopard Frogs are raised for human consumption, as “frog legs.”

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Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

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