Endangered Species in Santa Cruz County - Amphibians


California Red-Legged Frog

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."

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Last updated by ann on April 22, 2008

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E — Endangered

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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