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Tailed Frogs: Ascaphidae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog (ascaphus Montanus): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, TAILED FROGS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS


Both species live in North America. The coastal tailed frog lives along the Pacific Ocean coastline from northern California in the United States into British Columbia in Canada, but not on Canada's Vancouver Island. The Rocky Mountain tailed frog makes its home in Idaho, western Montana, southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, and the most southeastern portion of British Columbia.

People are often not aware of these quiet, little nighttime frogs, and believe they are very rare. However, they are actually quite plentiful in their habitat.

Neither species is considered to be at risk. Conservationists continue to keep watch over the frogs, however, because they must have clean and clear streams to survive. Human activity, such as logging or nearby housing development, can cause dirt and other things to wash into the frogs' streams, making the water too muddy or too polluted for the frogs to survive. Organizations in Canada, in particular, have begun protecting the habitat of this frog.

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Animal Life ResourceAmphibians