In addition to all the other animals that call the Pacific Northwest home, there are several species of frogs that also live in the region! One such species is the Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa), which is found in different pockets of the northwest. Here are some fun facts about this frog!
[ONE] The Oregon Spotted Frog is an exceptionally aquatic species, especially compared to other native frog species, and will rarely leave the water. They’re often found in or near a perennial body of water and wetlands near lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams provide a great habitat.
[TWO] This frog was named after the black spots that cover its body, head, sides, and legs. Their color will change slightly with age, with young frogs being brown or olive green on their back and white with red pigments on their abdomen. Older spotted frogs will often be more red all over and will also have darker, larger spots. They’re also about medium in size and get to be around 2-4 inches in length.
[THREE] They can be difficult to find in the wild, as they are pretty reclusive. As such, there’s still a lot we don’t know about them, including their impact on the surrounding ecosystem.
[FOUR] There are only about 23 known populations of these frogs throughout the Pacific Northwest: 12 in Washington, around 20 in Oregon, and only 1 in British Columbia. It’s estimated that they’re gone from 90% of their former range.
[FIVE] Because of that, this species is currently classified as threatened and face threats like habitat loss, invasive predators/other species, and introduced plants that displace important native plants.