|Description: These are
largest frogs in the US and reach lengths of 8-9". They have large
back legs and are great jumpers. Their backs are usually greenish
, often with an irregular pattern of darker markings. Males have large
eardrums, and are often less distinctly patterned. Their
call is a loud booming roar. Juveniles make a high pitched
chirruping distress call as they jump into the water to avoid predators.
Habitat: This species should occur near semi-permanent water throughout the area. It particularly favors slower moving water and ponds. We have not confirmed its occurrence in the Nueces Canyon.
Distribution: This species occurs throughout most of the state, but is native to only the eastern 3/4s of the state. It should occur throughout the Nueces Canyon, but we have not confirmed its existence here.
Abundance: It is probably uncommon and its occurrence needs to be confirmed for the Nueces Canyon.
Conservation Status: abundant statewide and their status is secure.
Comments: Their legs are often sold as "frog legs". This species needs to be confirmed for the Nueces Canyon.