Extremely red groin area, sides and leg & close up showing partial webbing of hind foot, on north fog line; 80 mm SVL - a large female (eggs)
In the pond at the market, rather large tadpole leading us to believe it is the Red-legged and not the Tree or Chorus Frog.
Smashed, parts examined in lab and intact skin diagnostic for red-legged- red on side extending into groin region; head to top of picture, patterning and color also diagnostic for red-legged excluding bullfrog or treefrogs, the only other possibilities. There was one more frog but not id'd, adjacent to ephemeral holding/settling ponds at transfer/recycling station. Pond dries up by mid summer. Confirmed second frog was also red-legged
The northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora) is a species of amphibian, whose range is the coastal region stretching from southwest British Columbia to southern Mendocino County in Northern California, and is protected in British Columbia, Oregon and California. As a member of the genus Rana, this species is considered a true frog, with characteristic smooth skin and a narrow waist. This frog requires still waters for breeding, and is rarely found at any great distance from...