The color of this species is extremely variable, and changeable. There is usually a dark spot or bar between the eyes. There may be a light stripe along the side of the body. This species breeds from April to August in shallow ponds and ditches. It is extremely active, and often climbs trees. The voice is a duck-like but nasal harsh trill repeated 15-20 times per 10 seconds.
This frog is found in the Coastal Plain south of the James River. It frequently occurs near dwellings or gardens and wells. It breeds in open ponds in pine barrens and shallow roadside pools and shows little discrimination in major habitat selection.
Small insects are the main source of food.