Columbia spotted frog


A researcher carefully handles a Columbia spotted frog

The Columbia spotted frog (Rana luteiventris) is yellow listed (not at risk) in British Columbia. Often heard only during the breeding season, its call consists of a weak series of 6-9 clucking noises, like clicking your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

Map

Biodiversity Interactive Map - Columbia Spotted Frog

Range

  • North America: Extreme southeast Alaska, southwest Yukon , northern British Columbia, and western Alberta south through Washington east of the Cascades, eastern Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana to Nevada, southwest Idaho (disjunct), Utah (disjunct, Wasatch Mountains and west desert), and western and north-central (disjunct) Wyoming.   
  • B.C.: east of the Coast Mountains except the Peace River district
  • Columbia Basin: throughout

Habitat

Streams, lakes, wetland, riparian.

Highly aquatic; rarely found far from permanent quiet water; usually occurs at the grass/sedge margin of streams, lakes, ponds, springs, and marshes

Reproduction

  • Mating occurs in shallow water in spring soon after the ice melts
  • Egg mass contains up to 1500 eggs! Quite often egg masses are clumped and up to 20 egg masses may be laid on top of each other
  • Eggs hatch in 3-21 days
  • Metamorphosis usually occurs by fall but occasionally in the north tadpoles may overwinter and metamorphose the following spring.

Listing and Date

Listing Date
B.C. List not at risk 2000
COSEWIC NAR 2000
SARA

Threats to Species

  • Habitat loss and degradation
  • Disease, pollution and climate change

Select Reports

For more information on this species, visit The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer and enter "columbia spotted frog" in the species Name field.

 

SPECIES

Amphibians
Columbia Spotted Frog
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Northern Leopard Frog
Western Toad

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Sharp-tailed Grouse
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Western Screech Owl
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Fish
Bull Trout
White Sturgeon

Flora
Common Camas
Whitebark Pine

Mammals
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Big Brown Bat
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Grizzly Bear
Selkirk Least Chipmunk
Moose
Mountain Caribou
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Mule Deer
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Little Brown Myotis
Long-eared Myotis
Long-legged Myotis
Northern Myotis
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Silver-Haired Myotis
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
White-tailed Deer
Wolverine
Yellow-pine Chipmunk

Reptiles
Western Painted Turtle
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Western Skink

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