California red-legged frog

noun

Definition of California red-legged frog

:a large, long-legged frog (Rana draytonii) native to California and adjacent parts of northwestern Mexico that is typically yellowish-brown to reddish-brown with irregular black spots and blotches and has red on the undersides of the belly, legs, and feet
  • Workers would also be barred from draining ponds that flood every winter because of the risk of drying out the egg masses laid by California red-legged frogs, a federally threatened species.
  • —Julia ScottSan Jose (California) Mercury News26 Sept. 2011
Note: The California red-legged frog closely resembles the northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora) and is sometimes classified as a subspecies (Rana aurora draytonii).

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1921


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