Cajun Chorus Frog

Cajun Chorus Frog

Copyright Brad Glorioso

Genus Species: Pseudacris fouquettei

Size: ¾ - 1¼”

Location: Found throughout Arkansas

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This frog has three broad dark stripes down its back and a white stripe along its upper lip.  The species name of this frog is in honor of M. J. “Jack” Fouquette of Arizona State University - an expert in frog vocalizations.  Its cousin, the Boreal Chorus Frog Pseudacris maculata, looks and sounds very similar to the Cajun Chorus Frog, but has only been verified once in Arkansas at the Pea Ridge National Military Park near Rogers.

Interesting Fact: A large congregation of singing frogs is called a Chorus.

The frogs may start calling with a single vocal sac in February and continue through April.  Females will lay several hundred eggs in smaller bundles which hatch within a week.  The tadpoles will be frogs in 6 – 8 weeks.  In the winter these frogs burrow into the ground and like Wood Frogs they generate a kind of antifreeze glycol to protect themselves.

The Cajun Chorus Frog is a member of the Hylidae (Treefrog) family and is a New Frog (Neobatrachia).

Click for more about the Cajun Chorus Frog at Herps of Arkansas.