Endangered Species in Santa Cruz County - Amphibians
California Red-Legged Frog
Scientific Name: Rana aurora draytonii
Status: T, CH
California red-legged frogs are primarily pond frogs, but they also inhabit marshes, streams, and lagoons during the breeding season. They range from 1.5 to 5 inches in length, making them the largest native frog in the Western United States.
The primary predators include garter snakes, raccoons, and great blue herons.
The California red-legged frog is widely believed to have inspired Mark Twain's story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
To Learn More:
Information on historical versus current distribution, habitat, breeding. Can listen to frog's call.
- CalPhotos - University of California, Berkeley
Browsable photographs of the species.
- Santa Cruz Public Libraries - Local Resources
Searches SCPL's online catalog for local documents and other information on this species.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Documents describing protection for this species under the Endangered Species Act. General information about the species as well as plans both to protect it and to help it recover.
- Species Account
Excerpts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents available at the Central Branch Library
Last updated by ann on April 22, 2008
Browse by Status Key
E — Endangered
T — Threatened
CH — Critical Habitat
PE — Taxa proposed for listing as endangered
PT — Taxa proposed for listing as threatened
PCH — Critical habitat which has been proposed
C — Candidate species for which the Fish and Wildlife Service has on file sufficient information on the biological vulnerability and threats to support proposals to list as endangered or threatened