Scientific Name Common Name Global Rank State Rank Federal Status WI Status Animal Group

Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)








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Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris), a species of Special Concern in Wisconsin, has a rather complex habitat range as it prefers to overwinter in cold water streams, seepage pools, or spring holes, often taking advantage of water cress for cover. It moves to warmer water ponds to breed and lay eggs from April through mid-June. Adults spend most of the active season foraging on land in riparian habitats along streams and rivers. This species is active from late-March to early-November but can remain semi-active in winter under water. Larvae metamorphose from mid-July to mid-August.


Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) are associated with habitats (or natural communities) and places on the landscape. Understanding relationships among SGCN, natural communities and ecological landscapes help us make decisions about issues affecting SGCN and their habitat and how to respond. Download the Wildlife Action Plan association score spreadsheet to explore rare species, natural communities and ecological landscape associations

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.