Carolina Gopher Frog  |  Lithobates capito
Declines

Gopher Frog is Georgia's rarest frog species, with just a few populations remaining in the state. Recent evidence indicates that they are still declining in the remaining habitat, despite it's being protected. We need to save this beautiful species before it is too late!

Habitat

Gopher Frogs are temporary wetland breeding amphibians, and breed in fish-less wetlands that dry out periodically throughout the year. The are Long Leaf Pine ecosystem endemics. This Long Leaf Pine ecosystem has been reduced to 3% of it's original range in the southeastern coastal plain.

Threats

Major threats include loss of habitat and fire suppression. Gopher Frogs need open canopy ponds with wiregrass and this habitat disappears when naturally occurring wild fires are suppressed.  Because of this, Gopher Frogs are disappearing from protected lands.

Recovery Plan

The Amphibian Foundation is working closely with GA DNR, UGA, Zoo Atlanta and USFWS to establish captive assurance/breeding colonies of Lithobates capito. We hope to earn how to breed this species in captivity in order to produce offspring which can then be released into properly managed habitat in SE Georgia. Gopher Frog metamorphs and late-stage larvae have been experimentally released into protected land, managed by The Nature Conservancy for 10 years. This experimentally released population has begun to establish at the release site and we hope to detect further signs of positive establishment in the upcoming field seasons.

For more information, please see the frog blog.
Or the Maerz Lab (UGA) site here.

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Over the years, we have had the good fortune to work with a lot of beautiful, rare and fascinating species. Below are some of our captive breeding successes.

Ex situ | Captive Breeding Successes!

Tinging Poison Frog - Azureus Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Azureus Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Fringed Leaf Frog

Fringed Leaf Frog

Cruziohyla craspedopus
Fringed Leaf Frog

Fringed Leaf Frog

Cruziohyla craspedopus
Crowned Tree Frog

Crowned Tree Frog

Anotheca spinosa
Suriname Cobalt

Suriname Cobalt

Dendrobates tinctorius
White-spotted Glass Frog

White-spotted Glass Frog

Sachatamia albomaculata
Lemur Leaf Frog

Lemur Leaf Frog

Agalychnis lemur
Pratt's Rocket Frog

Pratt's Rocket Frog

Colostethus pratti
Golden Poison Frog

Golden Poison Frog

Phyllobates terribilis
Slope-snouted Glass Frog

Slope-snouted Glass Frog

Cochranella euknemos
Blue-sided Leaf Frog

Blue-sided Leaf Frog

Agalychnis annae
Tinging Poison Frog  - Powder Blue Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Powder Blue Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Red-eyed Leaf Frog

Red-eyed Leaf Frog

Agalychnis callidryas
Granular Glass Frog

Granular Glass Frog

Cochranella granulosa
Blue-sided Leaf Frog

Blue-sided Leaf Frog

Agalychnis annae
Golden Poison Frog - Mint Phase

Golden Poison Frog - Mint Phase

Phyllobates terribilis
Tinging Poison Frog - Green Sipaliwini Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Green Sipaliwini Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Phantasmal Poison Frog - Morispunga Phase

Phantasmal Poison Frog - Morispunga Phase

Epipedobates tricolor
Lemur Leaf Frog - Panama Phase

Lemur Leaf Frog - Panama Phase

Agalychnis lemur
Green and Black Poison Frog - Costa Rica Phase

Green and Black Poison Frog - Costa Rica Phase

Dendrobates auratus
Tinging Poison Frog - Azureus Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Azureus Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Various Poison Frog Tadpoles

Various Poison Frog Tadpoles

Dendrobatidae
Tinging Poison Frog - Giant Orange Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Giant Orange Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Anthony's Poison Frog - Highland Phase

Anthony's Poison Frog - Highland Phase

Epipedobates anthonyi
Firebelly Toad

Firebelly Toad

Bombina orientalis
Green and Black Poison Frog - Hawaii Phase

Green and Black Poison Frog - Hawaii Phase

Dendrobates auratus
Fringed Leaf Froglet

Fringed Leaf Froglet

Cruziohyla craspedopus
Tinging Poison Frog - Alanis Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Alanis Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Bumble Bee Poison Frog

Bumble Bee Poison Frog

Dendrobates leucomelas
Fringed Leaf Frog

Fringed Leaf Frog

Cruziohyla craspedopus
Reticulated Poison Frog

Reticulated Poison Frog

Ranitomeya ventrimaculata
Tinging Poison Frog - Blue Sipaliwini

Tinging Poison Frog - Blue Sipaliwini

Dendrobates tinctorius
Yellow-striped Poison Frog

Yellow-striped Poison Frog

Dendrobates truncatus
Coqui

Coqui

Eleutherodactylus coqui
Black-legged Poison Frog

Black-legged Poison Frog

Phyllobates bicolor
Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Ambystoma maculatum
Evergreen Spiny Toad

Evergreen Spiny Toad

Incilius coniferus
Red-eyed Leaf Frog - Bijagual Phase

Red-eyed Leaf Frog - Bijagual Phase

Agalychnis callidryas
Gaige's Rain Frog

Gaige's Rain Frog

Pristimantis gaigei
Lemur Leaf Frog - Costa Rica Phase

Lemur Leaf Frog - Costa Rica Phase

Agalychnis lemur
Granular Glass Frog

Granular Glass Frog

Cochranella granulosa
Tinging Poison Frog - Patricia Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Patricia Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Red-eyed Leaf Frog - Bijagual Phase

Red-eyed Leaf Frog - Bijagual Phase

Agalychnis callidryas
Coqui

Coqui

Eleutherodactylus coqui
Pratt's Rocket Frog

Pratt's Rocket Frog

Colostethus pratti
Greenhouse Frog

Greenhouse Frog

Eleutherodactylus planirostis
Red-eyed Leaf Frogs

Red-eyed Leaf Frogs

Agalychnis callidryas
White-spotted Glass Frog

White-spotted Glass Frog

Sachatamis albomaculata
Axolotls

Axolotls

Ambystoma mexicanum
Evergreen Spiny Toads

Evergreen Spiny Toads

Incilius coniferus
Granular Glass Frog

Granular Glass Frog

Cochranella granulosa
Coquis

Coquis

Eleutherodactylus coqui
Tinging Poison Frog - Weygoldt Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Weygoldt Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius
Crowned Tree Frogs

Crowned Tree Frogs

Anotheca spinosa
Evergreen Spiny Toads

Evergreen Spiny Toads

Incilius coniferus
Axolotl

Axolotl

Ambystoma mexicanum
Tinging Poison Frog - Yellowback Phase

Tinging Poison Frog - Yellowback Phase

Dendrobates tinctorius