Occurrence Dot Map:
Data from 2273 occurrences (1526 museum vouchers).
- 847 museum vouchers > 30 yrs.
- 679 museum vouchers < 30 yrs.
- 747 observations.
- 0 literature observations.
822 unique localities.

Collection/Observation Date Quartile Plot:

Collection/Observation by Hour:
12 record(s) from 12:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 AM 2 record(s) from 1:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 AM 0 records from 2:00:00 AM to 3:00:00 AM 3 record(s) from 3:00:00 AM to 4:00:00 AM 0 records from 4:00:00 AM to 5:00:00 AM 0 records from 5:00:00 AM to 6:00:00 AM 1 record(s) from 6:00:00 AM to 7:00:00 AM 0 records from 7:00:00 AM to 8:00:00 AM 0 records from 8:00:00 AM to 9:00:00 AM 1 record(s) from 9:00:00 AM to 10:00:00 AM 6 record(s) from 10:00:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM 14 record(s) from 11:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM 14 record(s) from 12:00:00 PM to 1:00:00 PM 5 record(s) from 1:00:00 PM to 2:00:00 PM 6 record(s) from 2:00:00 PM to 3:00:00 PM 5 record(s) from 3:00:00 PM to 4:00:00 PM 5 record(s) from 4:00:00 PM to 5:00:00 PM 3 record(s) from 5:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM 5 record(s) from 6:00:00 PM to 7:00:00 PM 12 record(s) from 7:00:00 PM to 8:00:00 PM 9 record(s) from 8:00:00 PM to 9:00:00 PM 9 record(s) from 9:00:00 PM to 10:00:00 PM 15 record(s) from 10:00:00 PM to 11:00:00 PM 4 record(s) from 11:00:00 PM to 12:00:00 AM
1 6 12 18 24

Observation Type:
25 - DOR
45 - AOR
109 - Active, off-road
6 - Under cover
638 - Chorusing
1 - Dead, off-road

Public Lands Records:
92 - Baker University Wetlands
3 - Big Basin Prairie Preserve
1 - Byron Walker Wildlife Area
3 - Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area
12 - Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
19 - Cimarron National Grassland
2 - Clinton Lake Project Lands
1 - Cowley State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
19 - Crawford State Park
4 - Fort Leavenworth
3 - Fort Riley
1 - Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
1 - Green Wildlife Area
2 - Kansas Ecological Reserves
1 - Kingman State Fishing Lake
8 - Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
1 - Logan State Fishing Lake
2 - Lovewell Wildlife Area
4 - Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge
2 - Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area
1 - Mcpherson State Fishing Lake
9 - Meade State Park
4 - Meade Wildlife Area
1 - Melvern Lake Project Lands
2 - Melvern Wildlife Area
2 - Montgomery State Fishing Lake
5 - Nemaha Wildlife Area
4 - Neosho State Fishing Lake
2 - Neosho Wildlife Area
1 - Ottawa State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
2 - Pomona Lake Project Lands
2 - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
1 - Sand Prairie Natural History Reservation
6 - Scott State Park
2 - Shawnee State Fishing Lake
11 - Sheridan Wildlife Area
1 - Sherman State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
3 - Smoky Valley Ranch
5 - Spring River Wildlife Area
1 - St. Francis Wildlife Area
2 - Tuttle Creek Lake Project Lands
1 - Webster Wildlife Area
1 - Wilson Lake Corps Parks
2 - Wilson State Fishing Lake
1 - Wilson State Park
10 - Wilson Wildlife Area
12 - Woodson State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
PLAINS LEOPARD FROG
Lithobates blairi, (Mecham, Littlejohn, Oldham, Brown & Brown, 1973)
  (lith-O-bA'-tEs blair-I')

Distribution:
Found statewide, and may be expected in any aquatic area.
County Breakdown: County Name (# occurrences)
Allen (14), Anderson (9), Atchison (5), Barber (38), Barton (17), Bourbon (8), Brown (7), Butler (18), Chase (33), Chautauqua (6), Cherokee (48), Cheyenne (12), Clark (21), Clay (9), Cloud (10), Coffey (115), Comanche (45), Cowley (16), Crawford (21), Decatur (2), Dickinson (6), Doniphan (10), Douglas (227), Edwards (5), Elk (10), Ellis (140), Ellsworth (12), Finney (17), Ford (15), Franklin (11), Geary (12), Gove (10), Graham (14), Grant (1), Gray (10), Greeley (1), Greenwood (62), Hamilton (4), Harper (29), Harvey (39), Haskell (3), Hodgeman (3), Jackson (33), Jefferson (17), Jewell (20), Johnson (12), Kearney (3), Kingman (16), Kiowa (12), Labette (45), Lane (19), Leavenworth (25), Lincoln (5), Linn (9), Logan (16), Lyon (11), Marion (29), Marshall (19), McPherson (19), Meade (40), Miami (23), Mitchell (9), Montgomery (48), Morris (6), Morton (56), Nemaha (20), Neosho (15), Ness (24), Norton (2), Osage (35), Osborne (14), Ottawa (2), Pawnee (12), Phillips (17), Pottawatomie (39), Pratt (49), Rawlins (6), Reno (42), Republic (3), Rice (6), Riley (19), Rooks (5), Rush (11), Russell (37), Saline (14), Scott (21), Sedgwick (15), Seward (7), Shawnee (15), Sheridan (13), Sherman (4), Smith (2), Stafford (16), Stanton (4), Stevens (1), Sumner (25), Thomas (1), Trego (28), Wabaunsee (63), Wallace (8), Washington (14), Wichita (1), Wilson (10), Woodson (51), Wyandotte (9)

Call Description:
Call is a series of abrupt guttural notes, two or three a second, which resemble a finger rubbing a balloon.

<A HREF='calls/515-838.mp3'>[Play Call]</A>
Audio recording by Keith Coleman
Available from Kansas Heritage Photography


Growth and Longevity:
The largest specimen from Kansas was collected in Montgomery County (MHP 3131) on 15 April 1966 by L. S. Oborny and was 107 mm (4.25") SVL, Schmidt and Taggart (2004).

Taxonomy:
Frost et al. (2006) placed all members of the genus Rana from Kansas into the genus Lithobates.

Fossil Record:
Not known from Kansas.

Remarks:
Largely confined to aquatic areas, but may travel significant distances over land during the mid-summer.

References:
2004. Schmidt, Curtis J. and Travis W. Taggart. Rana blairi (Plains Leopard Frog) new state maximum length.. Journal of Kansas Herpetology. (12): pp. 17.
2005. Hillis, David M. and Thomas P. Wilcox. Phylogeny of the New World True Frogs (Rana). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 34(2): pp. 299-314.
2006. Altig, Ronald, Roy W. McDiarmid, Kimberly A. Nichols, and Paul C. Ustach. Tadpoles of the United States and Canada: A Tutorial and Key. Electronic files accessible at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/tadpole/. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, USA.. : pp. .
2006. Frost, D., T. Grant, J. Faivovich, R. Bain, A. Haas, C. Haddad, R. De Sá, A. Channing, M. Wilkinson, S. Donnellan, C. Raxworthy, J. Campbell, B. Blotto, P. Moler, R. C. Drewes, R. Nussbaum, J. Lynch, D. Green & W. Wheeler. The amphibian tree of life. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. (297): pp. 370.
2010. Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of Kansas. Eagle Mountain Publishing., Provo, Utah. Pp. 400.

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