Lithobates yavapaiensis Lowland Leopard Frog
The genus Lithobates was split from Rana by Frost et al in 2006. This has been a controversial change ever since, and many authorities continue to use Rana.
Graham County, ArizonaAugust 8, 2009
Lowland Leopard Frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis)
There were about fifty zillion of these jumpy frogs in warm shallow pools along a creek. My serpentophile herping companions had no interest in these slimy common amphibians (ewwww), but Roger Repp stuck up for my desire to photograph a new species just strongly enough that I was allowed five minutes to get out of the car and try to sneak up on a few of them. Only after I saw the photos on my computer did I notice that the one in the back seems to be suffering from a reduced number of eyes.
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