Life History of Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center’s Leopard Frog
Carpenter Nature Center’s Leopard Frog was found in Dakota County in the spring of 2014.
We know that our Leopard Frog is a male as his ear (tympanum) is smaller than his eye. If he were a female his tympanum would be the same size as his eye.
Carpenter Nature Center’s Leopard Frog is a wonderful ambassador, teaching thousands of visitors every year about our natural environment and the diversity of wildlife life found in our region. Our frog will live a comfortable life with humans, as he is provided with all the food he needs and safety from predators. He may even live to be nine years old which is much older than the typical 3 year lifespan of a wild Leopard Frog.
It was once common to find Leopard Frogs living near your home, especially if you have meadows or permanent ponds nearby. Today these frogs are much less common across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Sadly 1/3 of the world’s amphibians are threatened or endangered. To help local frogs please do not use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. These chemicals are washed into local waterways and cause deformities in developing tadpoles and death in adult frogs. If you have a frog as a pet, please do not release it back to the wild. Captive frogs may have an infectious disease that could spread to the wild population. Instead consider donating the frog to a local nature center or to a classroom teacher. You can visit the Leopard Frog at Carpenter Nature Center daily from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center.