The Early Frog catches the worm!

 
If you happen to be in this area (in red) in early spring…

…you may hear this:

 
And if you do, it is likely to be an Upland Chorus FrogPseudacris feriarum — often the earliest croaker of the year!

That big voice comes from a tiny body, right around one inch in length!

 
It is the male frog who produces this call… but good luck trying to spot one, as they are known for being secretive. If you do see a small amphibian in your search, look for the three parallel dark stripes down the back of this mostly brown frog — and the distinctive white stripe along its upper lip. It also has a little black “mask” through its eye. The belly of both males and females is white, sometimes with darker spots. Males have a reddish or yellowish throat during the spring, whenever you hear them calling.

 
Chorus frogs eat mostly insects and spiders, while the tadpoles often scrape algae off water plants and gather little food scraps from the bottom of the pond. However, chorus frogs become food for a great many different animals including snakes and fish… and insects and spiders!

 

More on this species:
Wikipedia   |   EOL   |   ARKive
iNaturalist   |   Discover Life
Frogs & Toads of Georgia
Frogs of Tennessee
AmphibiaWeb   |   Leaps

 


 

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