Winter breeders in pine flatwoods

Last night, I spent a few hours in some flatwoods ponds after a much needed day of rain. I was pleasantly surprised to find eight herp species, with five that were actively calling. The two frog species below were new species for me.

Ornate Chorus Frog (in brown phase; this was the only Ornate Chorus Frog I heard all night, and it took a long time to track him down)

Southern Chorus Frog (Pseudacris nigrita)

Cottonmouth (out of water on a cool night made this a pretty docile snake)

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I returned to the chorus frog location shortly after these photos were taken. There were many Southern Chorus Frogs singing, and no Upland Chorus Frogs. All the individuals I saw were Southerns. Though relatively unmarked, even compared to others seen at the location, I believe this to be a Southern Chorus Frog.