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A Chorus of Song

The Western Chorus frogs (Pseudacris triseriata), now known as the Midland Chorus frogs, are singing loud and clear. Their voices are huge and can be heard from a ½ mile away! Their name was changed when it was discovered that their range was much smaller than originally thought. 
Their song is one of the first frog songs I learned. It’s easy to remember and easy to pick out when in the field. It sounds like someone raking their thumb across a comb. They love the woods and the dense, wet vegetation near the streams behind us and across the highway from us.
These frogs are ¾ – 1 ½” in size, greenish body with thick brown stripes running from head to rear. When they call, they are advertising themselves to the females. Interestingly, they call from an upright stance, positioning their bodies parallel to grass blades. Makes it difficult for us to find them but apparently not for the females!
To hear their song, go to:
If you want to learn the songs of frogs and toads, The Frogs and Toads of North America by Lang Elliott, Carl Gerhardt, and Carlos Davidson is a worthy read. It includes photos for each and a CD of their songs.

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