California red–legged frog


Definition of California red–legged frog

  1. :  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 Scott, San Jose (California) Mercury News, 26 Sept. 2011 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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