|Italian stream frog|
The Italian stream frog (Rana italica), also called commonly the Italian frog, la rana appenninica, and la rana di terra, is a species of frog in the family Ranidae. The species is endemic to Italy and San Marino.
Adults of R. italica have a head-body length of 7-7.5 cm (2.8-3.0 in). The hind legs are long, but not extremely so. If the hind leg is pressed forward along the body, the "heel" (tibio-tarsal articulation) does not extend beyond the snout. There are pearly granules on the ventral surfaces of the hind legs.
The male R. italica calls only underwater. Calls are usually inaudible to a human listener, unless the calling frog is only slightly below the surface. Three different calls are known: a low repeated "grongron", a modulated "squack", and a short "uh".