American bullfrog

(Rana catesbeiana)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Warm, still, permanent bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, and river oxbows and backwaters

Lifespan

7 to 9 years

Size

4 to 6¾ in length


Identification

 

 
Voice

A deep low note, usually described as a “rrum”, repeated once a second five or more times, the last two or three times stuttered. The calls can be heard up to a quarter mile away from early June through July.

 
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Species

 


Tadpole Food

 

 
Adult Food

Adult and larval insects, spiders, slugs, snails, fish, turtles, small birds, small snakes, rodents, smaller frogs—any animal that can fit in its mouth.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 11, 12, 14, 29, 72, 73.


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Taxonomy
In 2006 most North American true frogs were transferred from the genus Rana to the genus Lithobates by Frost et al. The change was controversial and was not accepted by all authorities. In 2008 and 2009 the change was rejected by Stuart, Pauly et al., and other systematic reviews, and in 2009 North American true frogs were returned to their previous classification. Lithobates is once again a subgenus of Rana. ITIS37 and Amphibian Species of the World61 continue to use the 2006-08 classification. NCBI34 and UniProt33 use the new classification. AmphibiaWeb60 suggests using the original name followed by the subgenus name in parentheses, in this case Rana (Lithobates) catesbeiana.


Taxonomy

Superorder:

Batrachia (amphibians)

 

Order:

Anura (frogs and toads)

 

Suborder:

Neobatrachia

 

Superfamily:

Ranoidea

 

Family:

Ranidae (true frogs)

 

Genus:

Rana

 

Subgenus:

Aquarana

 
Synonyms

Lithobates catesbeianus

 
Common
Names

American bullfrog

bullfrog

common bullfrog


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Bull Frog Calling - Rana catesbeiana
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Uploaded on Oct 25, 2007

A large Iowa bullfrog vocalizing.

 
     
  Massive Adult Male American Bullfrog ( Rana Catesbeiana , Lithobates Catesbeiannus )
bufothetoad1
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 17, 2009

http://toad411.yolasite.com/ Check out http://savethefrogs.com This video contains a bullfrog distress call, toad frog size comparison, and it's release. this was our awesome bullfrog (rana catsbienna) and he is already let go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NKW0J... link to other video

@ 1:04 that's me letting him go

video copyright bufothetoad1 Matthew Barton 2009

 
     
  American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
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Published on Apr 30, 2012

 
     
  Huge Hand-Caught Bullfrog!
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Published on Mar 30, 2013

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) from Whatcom County, WA. These frogs are invasive to the Northwest, but still pretty interesting animals.

 
     
  Bullfrog Hunts...Anything!
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If it can fit in its mouth, a bullfrog will go after anything, even its own kind!

 
     

 

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