Mink Frog

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Mink Frog

Mink Frog
Mink Frog
Rana septentrionalis
Family: Ranidae

This frog, also known as the North Frog and native to southern Canada and the northern United States, is named for its distinctive odor, said to be like that of a mink (some people think they smell like rotting onions).

Size: Relatively small — 2 to 3 inches (4.8 to 7.6 cm) long.

Sexual dimorphism: Throat color is indicative of sex. The males have yellow throats, females, white ones.

Habitat: This frog is mainly aquatic, haunting the ponds, bogs, lakes and slow-moving streams of wooded areas.

Geographic Range: In Canada: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. In the United States: Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, and Wisconsin.

Conservation Status: Although in recent years populations of this frog do seem to be somewhat in decline, it is nevertheless classified as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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