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New Jersey Chorus Frog

Fact File

Scientific Name: Pseudacris kalmi

Classification: Amphibian

Conservation Status:

Size: Up to 1.5 inches

Distribution: In Virginia, this species only occurs on the Eastern Shore where it reaches the southern end of its range. It inhabits wet woods, ponds, ditches and mixed wooded habitats near freshwater breeding sites.

Identifying Characteristics

Typically a brown or grayish frog with dark broad parallel stripes on the back more or less evident. A broad dark stripe extends along the side from the snout through the eye to the groin. There is a white line along the upper lip extending posteriorly to the shoulder. The belly is whitish, and may have speckling on the breast.

Did You Know?

The New Jersey Chorus Frog was once considered a subspecies of the Upland Chorus Frog.

Role in the Web of Life

One of the first frogs to begin calling on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This harbinger of spring breeds from February-April in ditches, wet woods, grassy swales and shallow pools. Their advertisement call is a clear trill similar to that of the Upland Chorus Frog. Eggs are typically laid in small clusters on stems or emergent vegetation.

Conservation

Tier IV Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan

Last updated: March 23, 2021