southern chorus frog

(Pseudacris nigrita)


A small light tan or gray frog with small toe pads and a dark brown stripe extending from the snout down each side. Adult snout to vent length is 0.75 to1.25in (1.9-3.2cm). A white line runs along the lip. On the back are usually three rows of broken stripes or blotches. Belly is whitish. Although this species is primarily nocturnal, it occasionally is found during the daytime. Because the call and appearance is very similar to the upland chorus frog (Pseudacris feriarum), the southern chorus frog is often misidentified as an upland chorus frog. They breed from late winter to early spring.


In 2003, this frog was first discovered in southeastern Virginia. Since 2003, this species has been documented in five counties. Typically found in wet or moist meadows, ponds, or sinkholes in or at the edge of pine woods. This species is also occasionally found in powerline corridors.


This species eats mostly small arthropods, like insects.