Northern Leopard Frog

(Lithobates pipiens)

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Frogs Forever?
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Permanent ponds, swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams/Native to Canada and the United States


Size: 2 to 5" long • Weight: Up to 80g

The Northern Leopard Frog is a master of disguise due to its spotted skin – it can blend in so well to its environment that you might not even notice it's there. It's like a froggy ninja!

This hoppy-go-lucky amphibian isn't trying to be sneaky - it's just trying to avoid becoming a snack for predators. Its spots are a form of protective coloration that enables it to camouflage with its surroundings like leaves, rocks, and grasses. Northern Leopard Frogs are named after the spots on their skin, which look like the rosettes on a leopard's coat. These spots can vary in color from green to brown to black, and they're arranged in a unique pattern on each individual frog. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike! While you won’t always be able to see the Northern Leopard Frog, you might be able to hear them – they are known for their distinctive call, which sounds like a long snore or a series of low-pitched chuckles.

Learn more about the Northern Leopard Frog in the Frogs Forever? exhibit the next time you hop on over to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Frogs Forever? Exhibit

Frogs, toads, salamanders, and odd-looking caecilians ─ these are the more than 20 amphibians displayed in the Aquarium's Frogs Forever? exhibit. You'll learn which threats impact each amphibian on display and some ways to help protect them.

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