Southern Leopard Frog

ZOO LOCATION: My Big Backyard

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Leopard frogs were once widespread throughout North America, in just about any habitat. Recently, populations of leopard frogs have been declining for a variety of reasons, including the introduction of non-native frogs to their habitat, such as the American bullfrog. These bullfrogs compete with the leopard frogs for food and eat their young. In addition, bullfrogs have introduced the chytrid fungus to leopard frog habitats. Water pollution, habitat loss and collection of wild leopard frogs are also threatening their survival. These important environmental indicators live near our water sources. Be proactive: use organic fertilizers and week killers. Dispose of drugs wisely and not down the toilet.