Lithobates palustris

Common Names: Pickerel frog
Category: Amphibians
Sub-category: Frogs

The distinctive rectangular spots of the pickerel frog may blend together to form a long rectangle along the back. Leopard frogs have circular spots. In addition, they have prominent dorsolateral ridges that are unbroken. Another important distinguishing mark is the orange or yellow flash pattern found on the inner surface of the hind legs of pickerel frogs. The frog must be picked up to examine this, as the legs cover the coloration otherwise. Found near ponds, streams and other moist habitats.

Edible Notes: Not known to be edible.
Warnings: The skin secretions of a stressed pickerel frog are known to be toxic to other frogs, as many a novice frog catcher has found when they find only the pickerel frogs still alive in their bucket. These secretions can also be moderately irritating if they come in contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or broken skin. 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.