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This frog lives in my farm pond. He’s the only frog in the pond with this flashy coloration.




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15 Comments

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Hema
Hema 4 months ago

you are welcome Joan.You do have a good set of pictures

Joan9
Joan9 4 months ago

Yep. You helped me a lot Ashley and Hema. I knew nothing about him when I posted this—not even enough for a productive Google search. Now I know about several different frogs and toads, and I can sex them. It’s been an education. Thanks.

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 months ago

It is Joan, that's what I said it my previous comment (Lithobates got moved back to Rana)

And I wouldn't say rare, Hema, but it is uncommon for them to be blue. Occurs naturally though

Joan9
Joan9 4 months ago

I think it’s a male green frog—lithobates clamitans. It has ridges on either side of its back.

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/63... you check to see if this is tree frog or bullfrog

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

So Ashley,is it rare?

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 months ago

This is a male green frog (Rana clamitans), a naturally occurring blue morph. It happens uncommonly with the true frogs (Ranidae), but I see it most commonly with this species

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

Joan,I found it in a pond where people release all their pets .So it was more of an assumption on my part. Your information might be more valid since you read it. If that is the case then we both saw something very rare It is like seeing a meteor! Some of the research tells blue bullfrogs are about one in a million. I am unsure of exact statistics but am certain the frog is "exceptionally rare."

Joan9
Joan9 4 months ago

Thanks Hema. It’s odd that the pet trade features them—I read that a naturalist at Cornell tried to mate blue frogs but they all came out green.

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/63...
Something similar.Picture not as good as yours!

Hema
Hema 4 months ago

This is a color morph bull frog. The pet trade also has these .At one point I was searching for a naturally occurring color morph in Mt Diablo ,which was rare. I found one in the local pond where people usually release their pets.

Joan9
Joan9 4 months ago

Thanks! The story is about blue leopard frogs. I don’t think mine is a leopard frog, but the same mutation is at work. Blue frogs fail to develop yellow pigment—yellow and blue pigments make frogs green—for normal coloration.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

I stumbled across this article...but am not being allowed access to it...sounds interesting and it is about a rare blue aberration too....

New York, USA

Lat: 43.05, Long: -73.40

Spotted on Jul 8, 2018
Submitted on Jul 10, 2018

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