Brimley’s Chorus Frog

Fact File

Scientific Name: Pseudacris brimleyi

Classification: Amphibian

Size: Up to 1.3 inches

Distribution: This species is found in marshes, swamps, cutovers, and wet open woods of the southeastern Coastal Plain. It inhabits low areas in hardwood forests and swamps near rivers and streams.

Identifying Characteristics

This species is variable in color, usually brownish, with three parallel dark dorsal stripes more or less evident. There is a black or dark brown side stripe from the snout to the groin that passes through the eye. The undersurface is yellow and normally there are dark spots on the chest. There is no dark triangle between the eyes.

Did You Know?

Frogs will shed their skin as often as daily or every couple of weeks, which they will consume for its nutritional value.

Role in the Web of Life

This species primarily breeds from February- April in a variety of open, shallow wetlands. Their advertisement call is a rapidly repeated raspy trill lasting less than a second, and is often described as sounding like someone running their finger over a comb. Although the call is quite similar to that of the Mountain Chorus Frog, their ranges do not overlap.


Species appears to be secure in Virginia.

Last updated: March 23, 2021