Southern leopard frogs are often used for teaching dissecting in science classes.

The upper jaw has a light, sometimes yellow stripe.

The head is long and the snout is pointed. Photos may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer.

Southern Leopard Frog (click on small image to view larger) Photos by Steve A. Johnson (UF; upper photo) and C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr. (lower photo). The Southern Leopard Frog belongs to the Ranidae (True Frogs) family and is a New Frog (Neobatrachia). The southern leopard frog is a medium-sized frog with rounded or oblong spots on the back. The overall color is green, greenish brown, or light brown with some green on the back. Habitat Shallow freshwater areas are preferred habitat for the southern leopard frog, but they may be seen some distance from water if there is enough vegetation and moisture to provide protection. Leopard Frogs are also known as Meadow Frogs or Cow Frogs! The two folds along the sides of the back are narrow, distinctly raised, yellow or tan, and run continuously to the groin. Description: Southern Leopard Frogs (Rana [Lithobates] spenocephala) are mid-sized frogs-- 2 - 3.5 in (5.1 - 8.9 cm), that are brownish to green in ground color with large dark green to brown spots on its back, sides, and legs (spots on the sides and legs may be smaller than those on the back). Click for more about Southern Leopard Frogs at Herps of Arkansas. When this frog is caught, it may let out a startling scream designed to scare away a predator.