little grass frog

(Pseudacris ocularis)


This species is very small with the males 11.5-15.5 mm and the females 12.0-17.5 mm. The general coloration is variable from tan, brown, greenish, pink, to reddish, with a dark line passing through the eye and onto the side of the body. There is usually a narrow dark mid-dorsal stripe starting as a triangle between the eyes and extending to the anal region. This species breeds from January to September in shallow grassy ponds. About 100 individual brown and cream eggs are laid on the bottom of ponds and in vegetation in shallow water. Climbing is restricted to low vegetation, and the voice is a tinkling insect-like call, set-see, set-see.


This frog is found in southeastern Virginia. It is most often found in moist grassy areas near ponds, bogs, pools or streams in hardwood forests and wooded swamps. Breeding sites are largely restricted to flooded grassy areas including roadside ditches, logged areas, meadows, emergent shrub wetlands, flooded pastures.


This frog climbs on low vegetation near shallow ponds in search of insects.