Ponds and Lakes Animals

Class: Amphibia: Amphibians Diet: Insects
Order: Anura: Frogs and Toads
Size: 9 - 20.5 cm (3 1/2 - 8 in)
Family: Ranidae: True Frogs Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Rana catesbeiana Habitat: lakes, ponds, slow streams
Range: Eastern and central USA; introduced in western areas and in Mexico, Cuba, and Northern Italy

Size of BullfrogThe largest North American frog, the bullfrog makes a deep, vibrant call, amplified by the internal vocal sac. Although an aquatic species, it also spends time on land and is often seen at the water's edge. It is most active by night, when it preys on insects, fish, smaller frogs and, occasionally, small birds and snakes. Like all American ranid frogs, it is a good jumper and can leap nine times its own length.  In the north of their range, bullfrogs breed from May to July, but farther south, the season is longer. The female lays 10,000 to 20,000 eggs in water; they may float on the surface or attach to vegetation. The eggs hatch in 5 or 6 days, but the tadpoles take 2 to 5 years to transform into adults.

Range of Bullfrog
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