• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

California Red-legged Frog

CA red legged frog

A California Red-legged frog taking a swim.

USGS/Gary Nafis

The California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) was once a common species found in Southern California. Nowadays, there are only three small populations of red-legged frogs in all of Los Angeles County, with only one population of red-legged frogs remaining within the park boundary and surrounding area. The population of red-legged frogs in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills is critically small and isolated, and there is great concern about the long-term persistence of the existing population.

 
California Red-legged Frog

California Red-legged Frog

USGS/Gary Nafis

Park biologists are working with partners in re-introducing red-legged frogs into suitable stream habitats on NPS and state lands within the Santa Monica Mountains. Re-establishment of new populations would prevent extirpation from the park, in the case of a catastrophic event.


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