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mountain chorus frog (Pseudacris brachyphona)

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Distribution Map

Distribution Map

Characteristics

This species is gray or brown in color with 2 curved stripes on the back. The stripes may touch in the center of the back to form a crude dark 'X'. A dark triangle between eyes is usually present and there is a white line on the upper lip. The males are 24-32 mm, and the females are from 27-34 mm. This species breeds from March to July. There are 10-50 eggs that are attached to vegetation or trash. The egg complement is from 300-1500. They are often found long distances from the water. This species breeds in shallow woodland pools. The voice is a rasp, suggestive of a wagon wheel turning without benefit of lubrication.

Distribution

This species is found on forested hillsides often near springs and rivulets and may range upward to elevations of at least 3,500 feet. It breeds in shallow pools in woods or at its edge. Breeding habitat consists of virtually any small standing body of water including roadside ditches, seepages, and flooded pastures adjacent to streams.

Foods

The chorus frogs climb little and only into weeds in pursuit of insects.

More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service (direct link to species booklet).