Columbia Spotted Frog

Photo Credit: Brome McCreary, U.S. Geological Survey


  • Species Common Name Columbia Spotted Frog
  • Species Scientific Name Rana luteiventris
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Columbia spotted frogs breed and forage in permanent ponds, marshes, and meandering streams through meadows, especially areas of shallow water and emergent vegetation. They use springs and other sites with low, continuous water flow for overwintering.

Limiting factors

Alteration of hydrology, predation and competition by invasive fish and bullfrogs, siltation, and lowering of water tables through down-cutting of stream channels have contributed to declines of Columbia spotted frogs.

Conservation actions

Identify occupied sites and maintain vegetation buffers. Control bullfrogs and invasive fish at priority locations.

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