Who's that singing out there??? 🎤🐸🎶🔊 Pseudacris brimleyi (Brimley's Chorus Frog) is well named, in my opinion, because "pseudes akris" means false locust in Greek (brimleyi refers to the naturalist who named the species). You may be familiar with other frogs of the Pseudacris genus, such as Spring Peepers (P. crucifer), Little Grass Frog (P. ocularis) and other Chorus frogs.
The males frogs start calling when the surroundings reach a certain temperature. They like to stay partially submerged, poking out their heads to sing. Historically, they call from February to April in Virginia. They are found only in the coastal plain, in marshes, swamps, and floodplain forests. This is the only chorus frog you will find east of the Dismal Swamp! But, these were heard last week at Blackwater Ecological Preserve in Isle of Wight county. It was nice to hear their call again at this spot for the first time this year, as I have every year for a while.
The second photo in this set of a lovely little Brimley's Chorus Frog was found at herpsofnc.org and was taken by Ian Deery. Our page does not take credit for it and I thank the site for their wonderful images and quality information. I highly recommend their site for learning local frogs and their calls. I just wanted you all to see how cute they are up close.
As an added bonus, the video starts with a longleaf pine seedling that is pretty submerged in the water, which is unexpected for the typically upland species. This one doesn't seem to mind it though. 🌲🌊
(written by @swampgoth🍃)
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