GREEN FROG (Rana clamitans melanota)
An adult Green Frog is 3-4 inches long. Its color is olive to olive-brown above, generally uniform, but may sometimes be marked with small black spots on the back. The belly and throat are white.
In Kansas, the Green Frog appears to prefer streams, brooks and adjacent backwater areas. The animal may also be found along edges of small impoundments and water-filled ditches and strip pits.
Kansas is at the edge of the Green Frog's continental range. Its probable range in Kansas is the eastern most tier of counties south from the Marais des Cygnes River Basin. The only currently known populations occur in the Spring River Basin in Cherokee County.
SPECIES PROTECTION AND CRITICAL HABITATS
Green Frogs are protected by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act and administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species' preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.
DESIGNATED CRITICAL HABITATS
As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulations, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife.
Currently, the following areas are designated critical for Green Frogs:
(1) All waters and wetlands within or upon the main stem Spring River channel and adjacent flood plain from the river's point of entry into Cherokee County at Sec. 1, T33S, R25E, to its point of departure at Sec. 18, T35S, R25E.
(2) All waters and wetlands within or upon the main stem Shoal Creek Channel and adjacent flood plain from the creek's point of entry into Cherokee County at Sec. 36, T34S, R25E, to its confluence with Spring River at Sec. 19, T34S, R25E.