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Upland Chorus Frog

Pseudacris feriarum


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Classification

Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae

Description

The body is brown or gray. The belly is creamy, and there may be dark specks on the chest. The Upland Chorus Frog has the characteristic Chorus Frog markings, with a light line on the upper lip and a dark triangle between the eyes, although this may be very faint. A dark side stripe starts at the mouth, passes through the eye, and ends near the thigh. Other characteristics are variable. It usually has three stripes on the back, but these may be lightly colored, indistinct, broken into spots, or missing. A small Chorus Frog, 1.9 - 3.5 cm (3/4 - 1 3/8 in) in length.

Life Cycle

This is a winter breeder. From December through April, the female lays clumps of up to 1,000 eggs in shallow water attached to underwater structures. Transformation to tiny frogs takes two to three months. This frog is active at night and eats insects. It prefers wetlands in hardwood forests and bottomland swamps. It is found in the mountains, but not to as high an elevation as the Mountain Chorus Frog.

Range

Upland Chorus Frog Region Map The Upland Chorus Frog is found throughout the Piedmont and mountains of Georgia. It follows the Chatahoochee - Apalachicola River and the Savannah River south into the Coastal Plain. It is not as common on the Coastal Plain as it is in the Piedmont.

Conservation Status

South Carolina lists its Coastal Plain population of this species as Of Special Concern. In Georgia, this is a common frog and under no threat at present. It requires wetlands to breed. Preservation of wetlands is vital to maintain habitat and breeding populations.

Similar Species

Other Chorus Frogs are similarly marked. The color intensity of the side stripe and the presence and intensity of stripes on the back are key features. Brimley's Chorus Frog has a very dark side stripe, the back stripes may be light, and the chest usually has dark spots. The back and side stripes of the Southern Chorus Frog are more uniform in color. The Ornate Chorus Frog does not have a distinct three-stripe pattern on the back, but does have a dark lateral stripe broken into large spots toward the thigh; it has yellow spots on the side and inner thigh. In some field guides, the Upland Chorus Frog is listed as a subspecies of theWestern Chorus Frog, Pseudacris triseriata.