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Southern Chorus Frog

Fact File

Scientific Name: Pseudacris nigrita

Classification: Amphibian

Conservation Status:

Size: Up to 1.25 inches

Life Span: 1-3 years

Identifying Characteristics

A small light tan or gray frog with small toe pads and a dark brown or blackish stripe extending from the snout down each side. A white line runs along the lip. On the back are usually three rows of broken stripes or blotches. Lacks the dark triangle mark between the eyes, which is characteristic of the Upland Chorus Frog.


This species reaches the northern extent of its range in southeastern Virginia where it is typically found in wet meadows, shallow grassy ponds, power-line corridors, or at the edges of pine forests.

Did You Know?

This species wasn’t discovered in Virginia until 2003.

Role in the Web of Life

They breed from January-May in open, grassy ponds, ditches, and other depressional wetlands. Eggs are typically laid in small clusters attached to vegetation. Although primarily nocturnal, it is occasionally found during the daytime.

Their advertisement call has been described as a cold or tired sounding Upland Chorus Frog. However, the individual pulses of the trill in the Southern Chorus frog can be counted.


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

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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