Reproduction/Life Cycle

The reproduction of the northern leopard frog is external and aquatic.  The reproduction takes place after hibernation, usually between March and July.  Some ideal breeding areas include beaver ponds, quiet waters along streams and rivers, agricultural ditches, flooded fields, permanent ponds and lakes, and marshes.  Females lay the eggs once a year in densely packed clusters.  Normally, the eggs are laid so that they are attached to some sort of aquatic vegetation, but have occasionally been laid at the bottom of still water.  The eggs typically hatch within 2-14 days, but can vary depending on the temperature of the water they were laid in.  The tadpoles transform into frogs within 3 to 6 months, this process is called metamorphosis.   

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