Florida's Frogs

Chorus Frogs (Family Hylidae)


Southern Chorus Frog
(Pseudacris nigrita)


Southern Chorus Frog by Steve A. Johnson

Southern Chorus Frog

Photo by Dr. Steve A. Johnson (UF). To obtain permission to use this photo for educational purposes, email tadpole@ufl.edu.


Usually 0.75 to 1.25 in.


Body is whitish gray to tan; skin is somewhat warty. Back is marked with dark, broken lines or rows of spots (frogs found in peninsular Florida). Upper lip usually marked with a distinct light line; upper lip of individuals found in peninsular Florida may be nearly black. The snout is more pointed than that of other chorus frogs. Digits are tipped with small toepads.


November to April (may be year-round in peninsular Florida); eggs are laid in in clusters (about 15 eggs) attached to submerged vegetation. Call is a repeated trill. To hear frog calls, visit the USGS Frog Call Lookup and select the species you want to hear from the common name drop-down list.


Ants, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, other small invertebrates.


Found throughout Florida, with the exception of the Keys, usually burrowed in the loose, sandy soils of habitats near breeding sites, including sandhills, pine flatwoods, and pine-oak forests. Breeds in shallow, temporary wetlands, including sinkhole ponds, cypress domes, wet flatwoods, and flooded ditches and fields.


Southern Chorus Frog Range

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.


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