northern green frog (Lithobates clamitans melanota)
CHARACTERISTICS: This species is brown or greenish with dorso-
lateral folds that do not extend to the groin and with no light line along
the upper jaw. The length of the male is 52-77 mm, and the female is
58-75 mm. The belly is white to gray and the throat is dusky or yellow-
ish, or bright yellow. The tadpoles are olive green and large, up to 64
mm. It breeds from May through August. The eggs are black and white,
1.5 mm in diameter. This species is considered the most active of all na-
tive frogs, and is capable of enormous leaps. The voice is like a pluck of
a banjo string.
DISTRIBUTION: This species can be found wherever there is shallow
fresh water and are fairly widespread in Virginia.
FOODS: This species will eat any living thing it can capture and swal-
Crooked Run Valley