Formally considered conspecific with the federally threatened California Red-legged Frog (R. draytonii), the Northern Red-legged Frog is a California Species of Special Concern found along the coast from Mendocino County (CA) north to British Columbia.
About 4 inches long, female. In the pond near shore.
Saw again on 6/14/15, about 5pm. Same spot. Jumped out of the water toward us as we were sitting on the shore and jumped twice more farther from the water.
This frog, "Rana-like" was seen in the leaf litter of forest, c. 20-30m from a small stream. About 5cm, body length. Location was about 5km SE of Bamfield.
Backyard pond, three separate frogs observed at the same time, egg mass photographed in the pond
under tarp on woodpile
These two guys showed up in my small backyard pond. I first observed them on May 9, 2015. I was surprised to see them and only got this mediocre photo.
The larger of the two is roughly 2.0 inches long. Although not pictured, I did observe one to have reddish belly and legs on underside. I live in a suburban neighborhood not directly adjacent to wooded area or water sources.
Any information please. Thoughts on species? Juvenile or adult? Are they just stopping in on their way to somewhere?
May 11 2015
Added new photo of lateral ridges.
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...