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California Red-legged Frog

Rana aurora draytonii
California Red-legged Frog 520

The frog mentioned in Mark Twain's famed The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County is none other than the California red-legged frog.  This large species, averaging 4.5 inches, was once abundant throughout California's Central Valley.  Adults are nocturnal while the juveniles can be active day or night.

Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge falls into one of the recovery units for this species and Ellicott Unit and Harkins Slough Unit have been identified as critical habitat for its survival.  However, use by the California red-legged frog has not yet been thoroughly assessed at the refuge.

Facts About California Red-legged Frog

Federally listed as threatened in 1996

Nearly extinct from 70% of its former range

California's largest native frog

Page Photo Credits — California Red-legged Frog/John Bettaso
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2013
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