Green Frog

The Green Frog ( clamitans) is a common and iconic amphibian species found throughout Canada’s freshwater habitats. Known for its distinctive coloration and recognizable call, this species plays an important ecological role and is a beloved symbol of Canada’s natural landscapes. In this blog post, we’ll explore the biology, habitat, and conservation of the Green Frog in Canada.

Green Frog Biology

The Green Frog is a large frog, growing up to 4 inches (10 cm) in length. It has a green or brown coloration with dark spots or blotches on its back, and a distinctive dorsolateral fold running down each side of its body. This species is named for its call, which sounds like a plucked banjo string. The Green Frog has a lifespan of up to 10 years, with eggs hatching into aquatic tadpoles that metamorphose into terrestrial adults in one to two years.

Green Frog Habitat

The Green Frog is typically found in freshwater habitats such as ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams. This species requires specific habitat conditions, including the presence of clean, permanent water for breeding, and nearby vegetation for foraging and shelter. In Canada, the Green Frog is found throughout the southern regions, from British Columbia to Ontario , Quebec and the Atlantic Region.

Green Frog Conservation

The Green Frog is considered a species of least concern in Canada, with stable populations and a wide distribution. However, habitat loss and degradation, pollution, and climate change continue to pose threats to this species. Conservation efforts include habitat protection and restoration, as well as monitoring and research to better understand the threats facing this species.

The Green Frog is a common and iconic amphibian of Canada, beloved for its distinctive coloration and recognizable call. Its presence in freshwater habitats is an important indicator of ecosystem health and a valuable contributor to biodiversity. By supporting conservation efforts and learning more about this species, we can help ensure a brighter future for the Green Frog in Canada and beyond.