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Southern Chorus Frog

Pseudacris nigrita


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Classification

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

Description

Tan to gray skin makes the black side and back stripes stand out. The belly is whitish and may have dark specks or lines on the chest. This species has most of the characteristic Chorus Frog markings. All three back stripes are present, although they may be broken into rows of spots. The light line on the upper lip is obvious. There is no triangle between the eyes. A small frog, 1.9 - 3.2 cm (3/4 - 1 1/4 in) in length.

Life Cycle

The Southern Chorus Frog breeds from mid-winter through spring, approximately December through March in Georgia. Eggs are attached to vegetation in shallow water. Hatching occurs a week or two later, and transformation to tiny frogs takes almost two months. This frog is usually active at night and is insectivorous. It is not much of a climber, and prefers small, shallow, usually temporary ponds in pine forests and cypress swamps. There must be vegetation around the pond edges and in the water.

Range

Southern Chorus Frog Region Map This frog is found throughout the Coastal Plain up to the Fall Line.

Conservation Status

This is an abundant frog on the Coastal Plain. The pine woods of the Coastal Plain are potential targets for agriculture and development. Protection of this habitat and the wetlands associated with it will preserve habitat for this frog. Some logging practices, such as selective cutting and burning, may be advantageous to this species.

Similar Species

The high contrast between the background color and the stripes make this a very distinct and beautiful frog, and should eliminate confusion with other Chorus Frogs.