This frog has a stocky body, long legs and prominent tarsal pads. Adults reach a body length of 35 mm. Dorsal coloration varies from light brown or grey to olive-grey. The venter is paler. A distinct white stripe runs from the upper lip to the tympanum. Dark lateral and paramedian stripes are well defined and extend onto the tibiae and femora when the legs are flexed. There is a suffusion of bright yellow on the undersides of the hind legs.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States
U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia
Found in central western Pennsylvania southward to Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northeastern Mississippi, primarily in the Appalachian Plateau physiographic province. Populations occuring in Ohio and Pennsylvannia lie south of the line of maximum glaciation. Isolated populations occur in the Iron Mountains of Virginia, central northern Georgia and adjacent parts of North Carolina and Tennessee, the panhandle of west Virginia, and western Florida.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Breeding season is from December to April for populations in Alabama and from March to July in the Central Appalachians. Eggs are attached to submerged detritus in small masses of 10-50.
Hoffman, R. L. (1963). ''Pseudacris brachyphona.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 234.1-234.2.
Written by April Robinson (holden AT uclink4.berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-02-05 (2001-05-31)
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