Occurrence Dot Map:
Data from 1306 occurrences (806 museum vouchers).
- 477 museum vouchers > 30 yrs.
- 329 museum vouchers < 30 yrs.
- 500 observations.
- 5 literature observations.
528 unique localities.

Collection/Observation Date Quartile Plot:

Collection/Observation by Hour:
5 record(s) from 12:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 AM 5 record(s) from 1:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 AM 1 record(s) from 2:00:00 AM to 3:00:00 AM 2 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 0 records 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 2 record(s) from 9:00:00 AM to 10:00:00 AM 5 record(s) from 10:00:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM 13 record(s) from 11:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM 5 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 4 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 6 record(s) from 4:00:00 PM to 5:00:00 PM 4 record(s) from 5:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM 3 record(s) from 6:00:00 PM to 7:00:00 PM 9 record(s) from 7:00:00 PM to 8:00:00 PM 8 record(s) from 8:00:00 PM to 9:00:00 PM 17 record(s) from 9:00:00 PM to 10:00:00 PM 13 record(s) from 10:00:00 PM to 11:00:00 PM 7 record(s) from 11:00:00 PM to 12:00:00 AM
1 6 12 18 24

Observation Type:
9 - DOR
45 - AOR
95 - Active, off-road
6 - Under cover
394 - Chorusing

Public Lands Records:
15 - Baker University Wetlands
3 - Big Basin Prairie Preserve
1 - Bourbon State Fishing Lake
5 - Bourbon Wildlife Area
21 - Brown State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
14 - Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
9 - Cimarron National Grassland
3 - Clark Wildlife Area
1 - Clinton Wildlife Area
1 - Crawford State Park
4 - Fort Leavenworth
3 - Fort Riley
4 - Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
1 - Glen Elder State Park
1 - Green Wildlife Area
2 - Hillsdale Wildlife Area
1 - Kansas Ecological Reserves
2 - Lovewell Wildlife Area
5 - Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area
1 - Mcpherson State Fishing Lake
4 - Meade State Park
2 - Meade Wildlife Area
4 - Mined Land Wildlife Area
6 - Montgomery State Fishing Lake
2 - Nemaha Wildlife Area
3 - Neosho State Fishing Lake
1 - Neosho Wildlife Area
1 - Ottawa State Fishing Lake
1 - Perry Wildlife Area
3 - Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 1 and Wildlife Area
2 - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
1 - Rooks State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
1 - Sand Prairie Natural History Reservation
3 - Scott State Park
2 - Sheridan Wildlife Area
3 - Sherman State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
1 - St. Francis Wildlife Area
3 - Tuttle Creek Lake Wildlife Area
1 - Webster Wildlife Area
1 - Wilson State Fishing Lake Wildlife Area
2 - Woodson State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
AMERICAN BULLFROG
Lithobates catesbeianus, (Shaw, 1802)
  (lith-O-bA'-tEs cAt-es-bE-A'-nus)

Distribution:
Found throughout Kansas but appreciably less common and confined to riparian areas (and nearby impoundments) in the western third of the state.
County Breakdown: County Name (# occurrences)
Allen (14), Anderson (10), Atchison (3), Barber (2), Barton (14), Bourbon (21), Brown (25), Butler (47), Chase (15), Chautauqua (9), Cherokee (74), Cheyenne (6), Clark (9), Clay (2), Cloud (9), Coffey (39), Comanche (8), Cowley (59), Crawford (8), Dickinson (2), Doniphan (18), Douglas (109), Edwards (1), Elk (8), Ellis (15), Ellsworth (14), Finney (7), Ford (2), Franklin (12), Geary (9), Gove (9), Graham (5), Grant (1), Gray (1), Greenwood (44), Hamilton (1), Harper (14), Harvey (34), Hodgeman (3), Jackson (22), Jefferson (10), Jewell (7), Johnson (22), Kingman (4), Kiowa (4), Labette (30), Lane (1), Leavenworth (25), Lincoln (1), Linn (28), Logan (5), Lyon (10), Marion (33), Marshall (5), McPherson (25), Meade (13), Miami (10), Mitchell (1), Montgomery (45), Morris (1), Morton (13), Nemaha (6), Neosho (7), Ness (2), Norton (1), Osage (7), Osborne (1), Ottawa (1), Pawnee (5), Phillips (1), Pottawatomie (25), Pratt (20), Rawlins (3), Reno (6), Republic (4), Rice (6), Riley (14), Rooks (2), Rush (2), Russell (4), Saline (11), Scott (12), Sedgwick (10), Seward (7), Shawnee (9), Sheridan (3), Sherman (5), Smith (1), Stafford (6), Stanton (4), Stevens (1), Sumner (8), Trego (14), Wabaunsee (8), Wallace (10), Washington (16), Wichita (1), Wilson (7), Woodson (37), Wyandotte (3)

Call Description:
Call is like deep bass notes similar to a foghorn or like drawing a bow across a bass fiddle; can be heard for a great distance.

Bullfrog calling among many Northern Criket Frogs.
<A HREF='calls/515-849.mp3'>[Play Call]</A>
Audio recording by Keith Coleman
Available from Kansas Heritage Photography


Growth and Longevity:
KU 181593, Chase County, B. Haller, 26 May 1970, 185 mm (1.25 inches) SVL, Collins (1993).

Taxonomy:
Frost et al. (2006) placed all members of the genus Rana from Kansas into the genus Lithobates. To obtain gender agreement (as required under the rules of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature [ICZN]), the specific name has be modified from catesbeiana to catesbeianus.

Fossil Record:
Pleistocene fossils are known from Rice, Ellsworth, Meade, and Jewell counties.

Remarks:
A voracious predator, Bullfrogs will consume anything moving that can fit inside their mouths. Including, small turtles, snakes, and other frogs.

References:
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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