Albanian Water Frog, Pelophylax shqipericus

The Albanian Water Frog (Pelophylax ahqipericus) is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is located in Albania and Montenegro.

It is a frog of medium size. Its highly webbed feet are a clear indication of its preference for aquatic habitats.

The back of a male individual is green to light brown with relatively large brown or black spots. A light green stripe is occasionally present along the spine. The inner thighs are darkly mottled, and the male also has two external vocal sacs, which are light olive to grey. The male normally becomes more brightly colored during the breeding season, ranging from grass green to yellow-olive, and the spots and markings on the skin are either reduced or entirely absent.

The upperparts of the female Albanian water frog are light brown to olive, with large and distinct chocolate brown to black colored spots. The belly is cream-colored with very few spots, while the groin area is yellow.

Its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater lakes, swamps, and freshwater marshes.

Image Caption: Albanian Water Frog, Pelophylax shqipericus. Credit: Benny Trapp/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)