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State Amphibian of California
The California Red-Legged Frog

Information about the official state amphibian of California, the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii). This species of frog became the official state amphibian of California on January 1, 2015. It is probably most well-known for its appearance in Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". Rana draytonii is the largest native frog in the Western United States and it is almost exclusively located in California.
California Red Legged FrogRana draytonii

Facts About the California Red Legged Frog
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rana draytonii
SIZE: 2 to 5 inches long
NAMED AFTER: Red coloring on underside of legs and belly
LIFESPAN: Up to 10 years
HABITAT: Cool, slow moving and still ponds, pools, and streams
SOUND: Grunt and growl (unh-unh-unh-uh-oh-grr)
BREEDING PERIOD: November through April

The Red Legged Frog's Endangered Species Status
During California's gold rush period miners ate nearly 80,000 frogs pear year. More recently development and competition from invasive species have resulted in the loss of 70% of the frog's former habitat range. In 1996 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Today the frog is found primarily in the coastal regions of California from Marin County to Northern Baja California.

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee
The annual Calaveras County Fair in Northern California's Gold Country Region always includes a frog jumping competition in memory of Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

California Red Legged Frog Resources
- National Wildlife Federation Red Legged Frog Article
- Wikipedia California Red Legged Frog Article
- USGS "Frogs and Toads of Coastal Couthern California" Article

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