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American Bullfrog

Lithobates catesbeiana
  • Tadpole length 80-150mm, max. 170mm; eyes dorsal
  • Body greenish-brown, peppered with black dots; white-yellow belly; rounded snout
  • Tail musculature same colour as body; tail fin arched, transparent with black dots more numerous on upper than lower half
  • Vent dextral; tooth rows: usually 2/3
  • Eggs: 5000-20,000 laid in large, irregular floating mass on surface of water; mass may drape over submerged vegetation to depths exceeding 40cm; deposited throughout habitat
  • Habitat: permanent bodies of water; lakes, swamps, marshes, ponds or slow moving rivers; over-winter 2-3 years as tadpoles

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