Frog Species

Asked September 8, 2019, 1:09 PM EDT

I don’t know what species my frog is, I need help identifying him

Essex County New Jersey

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This is a Pickerel Frog, scientific name Rana palustris. This species is characterized by two rows of squarish spots down the back between the dorsolateral ridges or folds on the frog's back. There is also a single row of smaller square spots beneath each fold. Also, on the underside of the frog, the groin area and rear part of the thigh are colored yellow or orange. This species also has a prominent white line along the upper jaw.

This species if found from southeastern Canada, throughout New England, south to portions of Florida and west to Wisconsin and south to Texas.

Pickerel frogs feed on invertebrates, primarily insects and spiders. They also feed on snails.

Here's a link where you can find more information on this species:

https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/frogs.pdf

I hope this answers your question, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim