Rare leopard frog found beyond its known range in Southwest
July 24, 2020
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A rare frog has been found beyond its known range in the Southwest.
A U.S. Forest Service volunteer recently photographed a Chiricahua leopard frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona, the agency said Thursday. Biologists later confirmed that at least 10 of the frogs were living there.
The aquatic frogs were thought to be only in eastern Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico but historically were more widespread. The frogs' numbers have declined because of habitat loss, disease and predators.
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