The Southern leopard frog is the most widespread frog species in Georgia. Ranging in size from 2 to 3.5 inches, this amphibian may be brown, green or a combination of these colors. Dark, round spots decorate the leopard frog’s body, along with light-colored lines along the sides of the back.
This species breeds from fall through early spring, with males emitting short, guttural trills at night to attract females. To some, the call resembles a finger rubbing across a balloon. Choruses of Southern leopard frogs sound like they’re chuckling.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.