Reptile-Amphibian #21 — Western Chorus Frog

pseudacris triseriata triseriata

Sunday, March 22, 2009 — 3:13 pm

Cary, Illinois — Fel-Pro Conservation Area

I've heard these beasts thousands of times — They call in marshes in the early spring, making a sound like running your fingers along the teeth of a comb. But they're tiny little frogs (about an inch long) and they stop calling whenever you approach, so even though I've tried to spot one dozens of times, I've never managed.

On Sunday, I tried a new tactic. I heard several calling from a tiny marsh in a power-line clearing. I approached slowly, but when I was 30 feet away, they all stopped. I stood at the edge of the water and scanned carefully. I took a photo of anything that I thought even remotely resembled a frog and when I got home, I discovered to my surprise, that I'd actually found one.

March 22, 2009 - Fel-Pro Conservation Area

It wasn't nearly that obvious with the naked eye. I took the photo with my camera on full zoom. Here's a close-up of the same photo.

Western Chorus Frog - March 22, 2009 - Fel-Pro

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