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Gopher Frog (Rana [Lithobates] capito)

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These nocturnal frogs are noted for their short, stubby appearance. Their backs are marked heavily with dark spots, sometimes causing a clouded pattern. Their dorsolateral ridges are very distinctive. The gopher frog usually spends daylight hours in burrows, holes, or tunnels that are created by other animals. They are mainly found on the Coastal Plain. The gopher frog breeds on spring nights in very wet conditions. They seem to be rare, but their secretive nature makes it difficult to determine their true population status.

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