ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Do Northern Leopard Frogs Eat?

Updated on July 12, 2013

What do northern leopard frogs eat?

Northern leopard frogs were named after the brown irregularly random spots in their backs and legs. They used to be one of the most abundant specie of frogs in Northern America but its population has declined due to several reasons. Some of these reasons are destruction of its habitat, pollution and proneness to malformation that makes it challenging for them to survive.

Northern Leopard frogs can be found living in different kinds of habitats like tundra and wet prairies or along open bodies of water. Sometimes they are referred to as meadow frogs because of their fondness to stay in grassy areas and damp meadows. These frogs migrate over the year. They awake underwater hibernation in the spring where they gather in breeding ponds. Mating season usually falls around April to June. The females can lay 1000-7000 eggs, which are attached to submerged vegetation. Their eggs hatch depending on the temperature which can range from one to three weeks. The tadpoles then transform into frogs during July and August. The adult frogs, on the other hand, spend most of their time during the summer foraging in grassy places.

Northern Leopard Frogs are known to hibernate in the winter for up to 3 months. During this period, their activities slow down and they may even stop eating. These frogs usually hibernate in the bottom of bodies of water that do not freeze solid.

Northern Leopard Frog's Diet

Northern leopard frogs are carnivores. They consume a wide selection of invertebrates. They usually eat almost any kind of insect like crickets, wax worms, fly larvae, slugs, bugs, spiders and even snails and other small frogs including their species. It is suggested that their diet is mostly determined on the availability of the food rather than their preference but reports have shown that beetles are a staple in their diet because they are available throughout the season. Other common insects that Northern leopard frogs eat are grasshoppers, crickets, bees, moth and butterfly larvae, bees, ants and wasps. They adapt with the changes in environment by adjusting their diet according to the prey population. Northern leopard frogs are known to eat anything that moves and fit in their mouths, which on occasion large northern leopard frogs also consume small vertebrates like birds, voles and garter snakes.

While adult northern frogs are carnivores the young northern leopard frogs or tadpoles are principally herbivores. They feed on algae, plankton and other small plant materials and other aquatic vegetation in their habitat. They only turn into carnivores after they undergo a metamorphosis and become frogs where they eat anything they can catch.

Northern leopard frogs’ basic method of catching prey is through ambush. They stay still and wait for a prey to come by and they spring at them with their powerful legs. Their camouflage not only helps them in hunting for food but prevents them from being other animal’s food, as well. Some animals that prey on Northern leopard frogs are snakes, turtles, racoons, owls, herons, fish and a variety of mammals.

Northern Leopard Frog

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Valene profile image

      Valene 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      I love this frog! I am currently volunteering for the annual Frog and Toad Survey with USGS and just did a run last night. Didn't hear any Northern Leopards, but I'm pretty sure I heard the Southern Leopard Frog. My survey was in Smithville, MO.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)