Have you seen this handsome frog hanging out near our Coastal Stream exhibit? The California red-legged frog boasts a distinguished history as the official amphibian of California, as well as the star of Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
During Twain’s time, California red-legged frog territory stretched from British Columbia all the way down to Baja California. Today, due to habitat loss and predation by invasive species, the red-legged frog is rarely spotted outside of a few select pockets in California and it’s listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. You can help red frogs and other species threatened by habitat loss by supporting a habitat restoration project in your area.
This little snickerdoodle is a Hudson Bay toad [Anaxyrus americanus copei] a rare subspecies of American toad found only in the Hudson bay region of Canada. Its distinguishable from other American toads by its paprika and cream base colors and dark brown markings. Images by Talbot