Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Rana chiricahuensis) 5.4 " long

Chiricahua leopard frog, USFWS photo by Jim Rorabaugh

Chiricahua Leopard Frog, photo by Jim Rorabaugh, USFWS

This frog, now believed to be the same species as the Ramsey Canyon leopard frog, is a dweller in slow-moving creeks, permanent springs, rocky pools, beaver ponds, stock tanks and ditches. It is a medium-sized stocky greenish frog that eats a wide variety of invertebrates and some small vertebrate prey. Its call is made underwater and consists of a low-pitched hollow snore. Spherical egg masses are attached to underwater vegetation during breeding, which occurs February through September in Arizona. The photo below shows a Chiricahua leopard frog tadpole.

Chiricahua leopard frog tadpole, USFWS photo by Jim Rorabaugh

Chiricahua Leopard Frog tadpole, USFWS photo by Jim Rorabaugh

This protected species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. You can see these frogs in the pond at the Ramsey Canyon Preserve.

*For more information on the Chiricahua leopard frogs see pages 44-45 in Brennan, Thomas C. and Andrew T. Holycross. A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona. Phoenix: Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2006.