Gopher Frog (Rana [Lithobates] capito)

Photos by Amanda Hurst unless otherwise noted

Description: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 breed son spring nights in very wet conditions. They seem to be rare, but their secretive nature makes it difficult to determine their true population status

Pertinent References:
Conant, Roger, and Joseph T. Collins. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Dorcas, Mike, and Whit Gibbons. Frogs and Toads of the Southeast. Athens: University of Georgia, 2008.

Jensen, John B., Carlos D. Camp, Whit Gibbons, and Matt J. Elliott. Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia, 2008.

Account Author: Lindsay Partymiller