Jul 15, 2014 3:19 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
California now has an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii).
This species is the highly renowned frog that Mark Twain wrote about in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1865.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has worked for years to conserve and restore the rare species' population.
By declaring the frog the official state amphibian of California, the Legislature and Governor acknowledge its important place in the ecology, culture and history of California.
It also broadcasts and reinforces the state's commitment to protecting its rare resources.
The species lives in various aquatic habitats, from sea level to more than 5,000 feet in elevation.
The California red-legged frog is the largest native frog in the western United States.
It is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. To learn more about the California red-legged frog, visit http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profilespeciesProfile.action?spcode=D02D.