Southern Chorus Frog
Pseudacris nigrita

nigritais Latin meaning "blackened"

Common Name:

Southern Chorus Frog

Scientific Name:

Pseudacris nigrita



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


Average Length:

0.8 - 1.3 in. (1.9 - 3.2 cm)

Virginia Record Length:

Record length:

Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier IV - Moderate Conservation Need - The species may be rare in parts of its range, particularly on the periphery. Populations of these species have demonstrated a significant declining trend or one is suspected which, if continued, is likely to qualify this species for a higher tier in the foreseeable future. Long-term planning is necessary to stabilize or increase populations.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A small light tan or gray frog with small toe pads and a dark brown stripe extending from the snout down each side. Adult snout to vent length is 0.75 to1.25in (1.9-3.2cm). A white line runs along the lip. On the back are usually three rows of broken stripes or blotches. Belly is whitish. Although this species is primarily nocturnal, it occasionally is found during the daytime. Because the call and appearance is very similar to the upland chorus frog (Pseudacris feriarum), the southern chorus frog is often misidentified as an upland chorus frog. They breed from late winter to early spring.



ORIGIN: Native



AQUATIC/TERRESTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS: In 2003, this frog was first discovered in southeastern Virginia. Since 2003, this species has been documented in five counties. Typically found in wet or moist meadows, ponds, or sinkholes in or at the edge of pine woods. This species is also occasionally found in powerline corridors.

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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