Mississippi gopher frog
At the Detroit Zoo
The Mississippi gopher frog is not viewable to the public due to the Zoo’s efforts to restore this endangered species. The captive population serves as insurance against extinction until the species can be adequately protected in the wild and suitable locations are found for release. The Mississippi (dusky) gopher frogs are maintained in special bio-secure off-exhibit rooms of the NACC. 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 gray with dark spots.
The Mississippi gopher frog will cover its eyes with its front legs when it is held and feels threatened.