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Missouri State Amphibian:

Bullfrog - click to see all state amphibians
North American bullfrog - photo © Andrew Williams / Critterzone (used by permission - contact Critterzone: Animal Pictures, Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use). See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

North American Bullfrog

See North American bullfrog video below

Missouri designated the North American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus, formerly Rana catesbeiana) as the official state amphibian in 2005. The bullfrog is the largest frog native to North America and found in every county of Missouri. A fourth grade class at Chinn Elementary School in Kansas City came up with the idea to make the bullfrog a state symbol of Missouri.

Mature American bullfrog - click to see all state amphibians
Mature American bullfrog - photo © Andrew Williams / Critterzone
(used by permission - contact Critterzone: Animal Pictures, Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use).
See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

The voice of the male bullfrog, used to attract females, is a vibrant series of bass notes with a distinctive sound best described as "jog-o-rum." The loud, guttural bellow carries a long distance, giving the impression of a much larger creature, which is an advantage in keeping predators away. The bull frog has large talons and is an opportunistic predator eating anything it can swallow including beetles and other insects, small turtles, snakes, birds, worms, crustaceans, tadpoles, and frogs (including other bullfrogs).

Bull frog tadpole - click to see all state amphibians
North American bullfrog tadpole - photo © Andrew Williams / Critterzone (used by permission - contact Critterzone: Animal Pictures, Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use). See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

Bullfrog coloring varies - they are generally varying shades of green or brown, with dark brown, dark green, or black blotching and a yellow or white underside. Females are usually larger than males.

Bullfrogs are present year-round (burrowing into the mud beneath the water to hibernate in winter). The versatile and prolific bullfrog is an integral part of the ecology of Missouri and represents the importance of all species of amphibians to the environment and the state.

Source:
Missouri Symbols - The State Amphibian: Missouri Kids
Bullfrog: Wikipedia
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A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of
Eastern & Central North America

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