Amphibian

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog

Area: 
Southern California
Habitat: 
Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains: lakes, ponds, meadow streams, isolated pools, sunny riverbanks; In mountains of Southern California, rocky streams in narrow canyons and in the chaparral belt.
Food: 
Beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, and dragonflies
Size: 
1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long
Babies: 
Tadpoles hatched from eggs laid in shallow water.
Water is absorbed through the mountain yellow-legged frog's skin. It never has to drink water!
A Lot is "Hoppening" with the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog!

 

While there are only 150 to 200 individual mountain yellow-legged frogs living in the wild, San Diego Zoo Global is doing a lot to help! In 2009, we successfully raised 61 mountain yellow-legged frogs. 

 

For tadpoles, the main threats are predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. fish like brown trout, golden trout, brook char, and rainbow trout. Adult frogs are hunted by two-striped garter snakes, western terrestrialBelonging to or living on the ground. garter snakes, Brewer's blackbirds, Clark's nutcrackers, raccoons, and coyotes.

 

If they can avoid predators, these frogs can live up to 14 years!