Pickerel Frogs, Lithobates palustris, are “early risers” from winter hibernation and may travel quite far to reach their breeding ponds and summer habitats. As a result, they often become trapped in swimming pools, window wells and other such areas. Each spring I receive a number of requests for information concerning their care and rehabilitation. Often, folks mistake them for the better-known (but often rather scarce) Leopard Frog, Lithobates pipiens.
The body ranges from tan to greenish-brown in color and is marked with parallel rows of “almost square” black spots; a bright yellow or orange patch is present on the inner thighs. Pickerel frogs grow to a length of 2-3.5 inches and are slender in build. Read More »