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Western Chorus Frog

Description 

Chorus Frog¾- 1 ½” (1.9-3.8cm). Three dark longitudinal stripes on back, some may be reduced to spots or even absent. Smooth skin, brown to gray, belly is cream colored. Light line along upper lip, dark stripe from snout to groin and passing through eye. No webbing between toes. Males smaller than females.

Call Description

Sounds like running a finger over the teeth of a comb. Lasts 2-3 seconds.

Indiana Range

Mostly statewide. Recent research indicates a second related species, the Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris maculata), occurs in northwest Indiana.

Diet 

Small insects, spiders, small snails, and worms.

Habitat 

Almost any type of wet habitat, including damp meadows, marshes, swamps, temporary ponds, agricultural fields, and urban settings

Breeding Habitat Western/Southeastern Chorus Frog

Temporary ponds, flooded fields, ditches, floodplain depressions, even in wet areas next to highways.

Breeding Season

Mid-Feb to Mid-May

Eggs 

Females deposit clumps of up to 300 eggs to sticks and vegetation. Eggs hatch within one week.

Tadpoles 

Dark brown to gray, belly is bronzy with light flecks, tail fins clear with dark flecks. Metamorphose in three months, mature within one year.