Brimley's Chorus Frog
Pseudacris brimleyi

Common Name:

Brimley's Chorus Frog

Scientific Name:

Pseudacris brimleyi



Pseudacris is derived from the Greek words pseudes meaning "false" and akris meaning "locust".


brimleyi honors Clement Samuel Brimley (1863-1946), a North Carolina naturalist.

Average Length:

1 - 1.3 in. (2.5 - 3.2 cm)

Virginia Record Length:

Record length:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: This species ranges in length from 25 to 32 mm (1 to 1-1/4 inches). The coloring is highly variable but typically this species is tan with 3 dorsal brown stripes. A dark brown or black stripe runs down each side from the nostril through tthe eye to the groin. The ventrum is typically yellow with brown spots on the chest *1014* *11407*. The legs of this species are marked with dark longitudinal stripes *11407*.

REPRODUCTION: This species breeds in winter and early spring (February to April) in marshes, shallow ponds, and ditches. The males' mating call is a short gutteral or rasping trill *11407* *1014*. The female deposits small loose clusters of eggs on stems or other objects in ditches or shallow ponds. The tadpoles transform in 40-60 days. The newly transformed toads are typically 9-11 mm long *1014*.

BEHAVIOR: Breeding of this species occurs in shallow ponds and ditches. Eggs are deposited on stems and other objects. This species is one of the earlier breeders in this area *1014*. Its primary prey items are small insects. This species is primarily found in bottomland hardwood forests near rivers *11284*.

ORIGIN: Native

LIMITING FACTORS: This species breeds in shallow ponds and ditches *1014*. It has been suggested that this species requires low, riverine wetlands *11284*.


AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS: This species is found in lowland areas of open wet hardwood forests, marshes, swamps and ditches of the Coastal Plain *1014* *11407* *11284*. Its distribution does not extend into northeastern Virginia *1014*. It is mostly restricted to the Coastal Plain south of the Northern Neck, and it is the only chorus frog found in and east of the Dismal Swamp *11332*.

References for Life History

  • 1014 - Martof, B.S., Palmer, W.M., Bailey, J.R., Harrison, III J.R., 1980, Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia, 264 pgs., UNC Press, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 11284 - Wilson, L.A., 1995, Land manager's guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the South, 360 pp. pgs., The Nature Conservancy, Southeastern Region, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 11332 - Mitchell, Joseph C. and Karen K. Reay, 1999, Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles in Virginia, Num. 1, 122 pgs., Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond, VA
  • 11407 - Conant, Roger and, Collins, John T., 1998, Peterson Field Guide: Reptiles and Amphibians, Eastern/Central North America, 616 pgs., Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston


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