Upland Chorus Frog

Pseudacris feriarum

 

Photo by Teresa Fogus

 

Species DescriptionThey may attain a snout-vent length of 1.5 inches (3.8 cm).  There are three dark stripes running longitudinally along the back against a cream background.  There is a dark triangular spot between the eyes and they have a white line along the upper lip.  The heel of the hindlegs, when extended forward along the sides, does not reach the eye (unlike the Mountain Chorus Frog).

HabitatUpland Chorus Frogs live in swampy areas of broad valleys, grassy swales, moist woodlands, or around heavily vegetated ponds.  They are very secretive and difficult to locate.

Breeding ActivityMales begin calling around late February to early March.  Their call is similar to the sound made by running fingers down the teeth of a comb and is lower pitched and slower than that of the Mountain Chorus Frog.  Females deposit up to 1,000 eggs attached to vegetation in the water.  Eggs hatch in 3 to 4 days and the tadpole stage lasts about 60 days. 

RangeIn West Virginia, they are confined to the ridge and valley province in the eastern panhandle.  As of the late 1980s, they are no longer found in the southern counties.

Status: S2, G5

Red denotes probably extirpated counties

Blue denotes current range