This species is variable in color, usually brownish, with 3 dark mid-dorsal stripes more or less evident. There is a black side stripe from the snout to the groin and passing through the eye. The undersurface is yellow and normally there are dark spots on the chest. There is no dark triangle between the eyes. This species breeds from February to April. The voice is a short rasping trill lasting less than a second and repeated a dozen times or more. It is similar to the call of a squirrel tree frog.
This species is found in marshes, swamps, and wet open woods of the coastal plain. It inhabits low areas in hardwood forests and swamps near rivers and streams. Breeding season habitats include shallow lentic swamps, moist grassy areas, roadside ditches with emergent grasses and reeds, vernal pools (often road ruts) in logged areas, flooded cane stands, flooded pine/hardwood forests, wet edges of pine woodlands, and ruts and flooded areas in power line and pipeline crossings. Inhabit low areas in hardwood forests and swamps near rivers and streams.
They climb weeds and shrubs in search of insects.