leopard frog

noun

Definition of leopard frog

: a common frog (Rana pipiens) of northern North America that is bright green or brown with large black white-margined blotches on the back also : a similar frog (R. sphenocephala) chiefly of the southeastern U.S.

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Recent Examples on the Web The Chiricahua leopard frog, which has been listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened since 2002, has made big strides towards population stability because of collaborations between the zoo and state and federal wildlife agencies. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Zoo conservation work gives imperiled Chiricahua leopard frogs a path to survival," 9 Nov. 2020 Erin Stone at The Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Zoo is at the heart of a 25-year push to save the Chiricahua leopard frog. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Biden-Harris win sparks hope for climate action," 13 Nov. 2020 In response, in 1995 the Phoenix Zoo launched a leopard frog recovery program. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Zoo conservation work gives imperiled Chiricahua leopard frogs a path to survival," 9 Nov. 2020 Frogs such as green, bull, and leopard frogs tend to burrow into the mud on the bottom of ponds and streams, according to Bryan Windmiller, director of conservation at Zoo New England. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, "How do animals survive long winters?," 24 Jan. 2020 Dams along the Columbia River have destroyed potential leopard frog habitat by keeping the river from flooding. Eli Francovich, The Seattle Times, "Rare blue-spotted northern leopard frog found in Eastern Washington," 30 Sep. 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 Andrews says the northern leopard frog lays eggs in grassy flood plains of the Otter Creek. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Leopard frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20frog. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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