Lithobates catesbeianus

Common Names: Bullfrog
Category: Amphibians
Sub-category: Frogs

An aquatic frog, a member of the family Ranidae, native to much of North America. They grow on average to be about 3.6 to 6 inches in body length, legs add another 7 to 10 inches to length. Females have eardrums (tympana) the same size as their eyes. Males' eardrums are larger. You can tell the difference between a green frog and a bullfrog by examining the lateral ridges that extend from the back of the eyes down the back. Green frogs have the ridges, bullfrogs don't.

Found near large, permanent water bodies, swamps, ponds, and lakes, where it is usually along the water's edge.

Edible Notes: Bullfrog legs are edible when cooked. Frog muscle does not resolve rigor mortis as quickly as warm-blooded muscle (chicken, for example), so heat from cooking can cause fresh frog legs to twitch. Frog legs may be ordered frozen online or thru gourmet specialty stores. Can be found in some Asian or French restaurants.
Warnings: Amphibians, like reptiles, can carry Salmonella, which is a potentially deadly bacteria. It is safer for you (and the amphibian) to not touch them or anything in the area where they live, but if you do: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately after touching. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.