This species is found inland off the Western Coast of North America and is found as far south as Salt Lake City and as far north as British Columbia.
This species is found in a variety of habitats including forests, inland wetlands, grasslands, shrublands. This fully-aquatic frog is usually found in large bodies of water or rivers that flow year round.
This species is a medium-sized frog with males reaching lengths of 65 mm and females reaching 100 mm in body length. Individuals are normally light brown in color, grey or olive-green with distinct light-centered dark spots on their backs.
Adults have yellow, red and salmon-pink bellies, while juveniles have cream-colored or white bellies which change color as they mature into adults. This species has smooth skin with tiny bumps and their eyes face upwards to give them great visibility when submerged in water. Their hind feet have webbings all the way to the end of their toes.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians