Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

Mississippi gopher frog

At the Detroit Zoo
The Mississippi gopher frog is off exhibit due to the Zoo's efforts to restore this endangered species. These frogs have an estimated population of less than 150 in the wild. Their decline is mainly due to habitat destruction and dependence on burrows from gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus).

The Mississippi gopher frog has a stocky medium-sized wart-covered body that is black, brown or grey with dark spots.

Scientific nameRana sevosa
Continent: North America
Habitat: Long-leaf pine forests, abandoned burrows
Size: 3 - 4 inches long 
Weight: 1.6 - 5.3 ounces
Diet: Insects, invertebrates and other frogs
Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
Reproduction: A clutch of eggs is deposited in a temporary pond to hatch after 90 to 120 days.



The Mississippi gopher frog will cover its eyes with its front legs when it is held and feels threatened.