Lithobates clamitans melanota

Common Names: Northern Green Frog
Category: Amphibians
Sub-category: Frogs

A species of frog native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada. Green frogs are often kept as pets. This species is a mid-sized true frog. Adult green frogs range from 5-10 cm in body length (snout to vent, excluding the hind legs). The sexes are sexually dimorphic in a few ways. Firstly, mature females are typically larger than males. Another way in which they differ is that males have a tympanum twice the diameter of the eye and a bright yellow throat. In females, the tympanum diameter is about the same as that of the eye. Dorsolateral ridges, prominent, seam-like skin folds that run down the sides of the back, distinguish the green frog from the bullfrog, which entirely lacks them.

Green frogs live wherever there is shallow fresh water including ponds, road-side ditches, lakes, swamps, streams, and brooks. Most often seen resting along the shore, they leap into the water when approached.

Edible Notes: Green frog 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.