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I got a free tadpole from Petsmart. I am not sure where the fish are shipped from to that Petsmart, but 1 of the tads was a Leopard Frog, and then this one:

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No obvious dorsolateral ridges, so I think you can rule out Rana clamitans (green frog). I can't really make out the tympanum, so i can't really make any further suggestions.
 

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There are dorsolateral ridges present. They are more pronounced toward the rear of the frog. I thought Green frog at first, but this frog does not have the bright green upper lip. It is 1". A few days metamorphed.

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Sure looks like a bronze frog. One of the most commonly encountered frogs around here for me. There was a small stream across the street from where I grew up that was full of them, I would often find them with tail-nubs still attached and they looked like your pics. The reticulations seem to be more present on the clamitans than catesbeiana (at least around here). The only other thing that popped into my head was mink frog, but thats a long shot. I would say that you would be safe assuming that its a bronze. I'm at the beach right now, but I get home tomorrow, I can help you key it out then if you are still trying to figure it out.
 

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At the beach I was looking at the pic on a tiny ipad screen, now that I'm home with my big(ger) screen I can't be certain that its a bronze. What I thought were reticulations are actually well-formed dots. That second pic is great, but the dark lines through the eye are kinda throwing me off. I've been going through the guides I have (which are mostly for Southeastern species) and I'm getting stumped. I think that bronze is the best fit, but its gonna be way easier to identify in a few months when its a little bigger. Whatever it is, its sure a cute little bugger. Wish I could come up with a better answer for you. I'll keep working on it though, just wanted to let you know that I'm tryin!
 

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The dark stripe is consistent with sylvatica, but the other pattern/coloration is more consistent with clamitans. I don't know of any natural interbreeding of the two species, but maybe?. The lateral line is observed in both species.
 

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Hey JB, any updated pics on this guy?
As much as it embarrasses me to say, he was found dead in the water a few days ago. Perhaps heat, perhaps other, I do not know. He was feeding and looking good up until death.

Thanks for the interest, truly, I am sorry I cannot share "good word".

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Sorry to hear that. That is a tough time for them, sometimes they don't make it and its not always clear why. So don't worry about it too much, its happened to a lot of people (myself included).
 
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