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.
Biodiversity Interactive Map - Columbia Spotted Frog
- 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
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
- 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
||not at risk
Threats to Species
- Habitat loss and degradation
- Disease, pollution and climate change
For more information on this species, visit The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer and enter "columbia spotted frog" in the species Name field.